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The Musical Universe of Hermeto Pascoal

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Abstract:

This article explores the social and musical impact of the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Hermeto Pascoal, as well as the historical, political, and economic conditions of his cultural production. The author focuses on the 1981-93 period when the composer led a quintet of musicians which formed a community revolving around his home in the neighborhood of Jabour, in the outer suburbs of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The professional career and “Universal” musical system of Hermeto Pascoal are related to various important artistic movements and musical genres and styles, demonstrating the innovative role played by Hermeto Pascoal in the history of popular music in Brazil.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760903214803

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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