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A Taste of Brazil (Gost o de Brasil)by F. Aquino and R. VasconcellosFor Alto Flute and Piano
The "baiao" is a typically Brazilian genre, originally from the northeastern region, characterized by a vibrant rhythm and a melancholic melody. Originally, the singer sings to the accompaniment of an accordian (concertina), a zambumba (big bass drum), and a triangle. The piece has a strong modal character , the use of the dorian being evident as the basic scale, and it presents two quite contrasting sections. The first part explores the baiao's rich rhythm, with its articulated and syncopated melody. In the second part, the theme is reharmonized and develoepd in a more expressive and melancholic way. The beginning rhythm is then resumed and a canonical section leads to the climax.