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The Guitar Works of Garoto.

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When Sao Paulo-born guitarist Bellinati began a serious investigation of his country's guitar music, he quickly found himself drawn to the work of the late Annibal Augusto Sardinha. Better known by his nickname, Garoto, the composer had created an enormous body of compositions in the 1930s and '40s that had all but been forgotten when the bossa nova era of the 1960s began.

"When I played some of Garoto's compositions for the first time," Bellinati writes, "I discovered that an important chapter of Brazilian folk music had been neglected--a period that preceded the beginning of bossa nova, a rich and original repertoire ... with excellent harmonic and technical levels."

The program of 24 choros (a style with classical overtones that was developed in Rio around the turn of the century), valsa-choros and chorinhos (little choros) will be a revelation to fans of the classical guitar and both classical and folk idioms. Bellinati, a versatile guitarist equally at home with classical, folk or jazz styles, has produced a charming recording of substantial historical importance that's as enjoyable as it is profound.
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Author:Holston, Mark
Publication:Americas (English Edition)
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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