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Milhaud -- Saudades do Brazil

By Darius Milhaud

Piano - Early Advanced
Composed by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Edited by Maurice Hinson. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Book. 48 pages. Alfred Music #00-21438. Published by Alfred Music (AP.21438).

Item Number: AP.21438

ISBN 9780739029718. English.

Milhaud's recollections from his nearly two years in Rio de Janeiro (1917-18) compelled him to compose this series of poetic dances---each capturing the unique charms of Rio's different districts, and reflecting the mood and atmosphere of Brazil. Influened greatly by tango rhythms, these dances are original, and not based on Brazilian folk tunes. Acclaimed music historian and authority Maurice Hinson has meticulously edited this new edition of Milhaud's Saudades do Brazil based on the first printed edition.

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  • February 28, 2020 Polytonal Brazil

    Milhaud's polytonality is so relentless that one longs to hear the agreeable melodies with accompaniments in the same key! But one does get used to the sour harmonies, and the result is surprisingly like some of the music of Villa-Lobos. A lot of variety even if all the...

    pieces are in 2/4 with practically the same rhythm.For this music, big hands are helpful for the wide stretches needed. Good, clear publication, helpful editing, a few apparent typos with accidentals (though in this music it's hard to be sure).

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  • January 12, 2008 Great Music

    The Saudades do Brazil represents a beautiful collection of 20th century harmonic dissonance. This edition is very good in fingerings and in the clarity of the printed text.

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