Prelúdios ... Comidas Típicas Brasileiras (2005) for marimba solo

Thomas Oboe Lee

About this work:

Commissioned by Jonathan Singer.

Program note Prelúdios … comidas típicas brasileiras for solo marimba is about food – Brazilian food. Having lived in Brazil during my teens, Brazilian culture is indelibly a part of my life. Everything about Brazil is quite miraculous: the music, the food, the language, the people, etc.

The work is in four movements.

I. Salpicão … Baião saboroso

II. Acarajé … Valsa adoçada

III. Moqueca … Tango apimentado

IV. Beijinho de coco … Sambinha delicioso

Formally, the work could be conceived as a four-course meal at a Brazilian restaurant. The first course is Salpicão – a salad with chicken, ham, peas, apple, heart of palm, carrots, shoestring potato fries and mayonnaise. Baião saboroso means savory Baião, a form of dance music from the Brazilian Northeast. The second course is Acarajé – a deep-fried dough made of black-eyed peas. Valsa adoçada means a sweet waltz. The third course is Moqueca – a fish stew made with coconut milk, tomato sauce, lime juice and hot pepper sauce. Tango apimentado means spicy tango. The last course is Beijinho de coco – a dessert made of sweetened condensed milk, grated coconut, egg yolks and coconut milk. Sambinha delicioso means delicious little samba. Bom apetite!!!

Year composed: 2005
Duration: 00:10:00
Ensemble type: Solo instrument, non-keyboard:Marimba
Instrumentation: 1 Marimba

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