Forró (1998) for chamber orchestra

Thomas Oboe Lee

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Program note:

The samba will forever haunt my musical landscape. [I lived in Brazil during the early sixties.] Forró, pronounced "faw-HOH," is a type of samba music from the Brazilian northeast - Paraiba, Pernambuco and Bahia. It is music that has its roots in African, Carribean, and European traditions. It is party music. Legend has it that the word, Forró, came from a bastardization of the English, "For all!" As in, "this is a party for all, for everyone!" Traditionally, the forró was played by a trio - accordion, triangle and small bass drum. Nowadays, it is often supplemented by modern instruments - woodwinds, brass, keyboards, electric guitar, bass and trap drums. 

Year composed: 1998
Duration: 00:04:00
Ensemble type: Orchestra
Instrumentation notes: Orchestra: 2222-2200-perc-strings

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