Serenata: Brazilian Music for Chamber Orchestra – English Chamber Orchestra

September 9, 2022, 9:00 am

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Brazilian composers in the 19th century often sought state scholarships to enable them to study in Europe where they were influenced by the German, Italian, and French compositional schools. They also became involved in the vogue for writing suites based on ancient dances, such as Alberto Nepomuceno’s delightful Ancient Suite, premiered at Edvard Grieg’s home, or Francisco Braga’s Madrigal-Pavana which evokes the belle époque ballrooms of Rio de Janeiro. Leopoldo Miguéz’s Suite in the Old Style is polyphonic and lively, while Carlos Gomes’ Sonata for Strings is his finest non-operatic work.