Thursday, February 17, 2022

Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series

Brazilian "Choro" Music: A Journey Through Social and Racial Diversity (Lecture/recital)

Maurita Murphy Marx, DMA

Professor Emeritus of Clarinet
School of Music

4:00 pm
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Kollros Auditorium (101 BBE)

Video of presentation

Professor Murphy Marx will be assisted by clarinetist Kim Carr (UI Graduate, 1991).

Maurita Murphy Marx

The Brazilian "choro" (to cry), the national music of Brazil, emerged in the late 1800s in Rio de Janeiro.  The music is a fusion of African-based rhythms and European forms along with representing both social and racial diversity in Brazil.

Traversing from the plantation to the city, through upper and lower class societies, the "choro" eventually integrated into the radio and film industries.

Selaron Steps

The composers and musicians suffered discrimination even amongst their own countrymen, just to perform what was to become the national music of Brazil. The music can be described as a true representation of Brazilian spirit and daily life.  The most significant composer, Pixinguinha, will be featured in both the lecture and performance, as he paved the way through discrimination and breaking of social barriers with his performances in upper and lower class societies.

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