Prelúdios ... Comidas Típicas Brasileiras (2005) for marimba solo (2015 studio recording)

Thomas Oboe Lee

About this work:

Prelúdios … comidas típicas brasileiras (2005) 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: Unknown:unknown 1
Instrumentation: 1 Marimba

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