Abel Ferreira was one of the leading Brazilian Chorões of the 1940s. He was so-known because of his lifelong participation in the tradition of Choro--instrumental dance music that evolved from European waltzes and polkas--that Brazil's leading composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, once called "the essence of the Brazilian musical soul." Quasi-improvisational and highly virtuosic in nature, Choro music usually involved an ensemble composed of variousRead more types of guitars and wind instruments, particularly the clarinet, flute and saxophone.
Ferreira was born in 1915 in Coromandel, Minas Gerais. His youthful precocity allowed him to learn several instruments, including the bamboo flute, before the age of twelve, at which time he was introduced to the clarinet and the saxophone, both of which would remain his principle instruments throughout his career. His playing was noted for its exquisite phrasing and graceful improvisation; it was so distinctive in fact, that it gave rise to what is now known as the "Brazilian style" of playing. Ferreira's career made him famous throughout Brazil, and took him to concert destinations in France, Russia, and the United States. In 1978 he was awarded the "Golden Dolphin"--the most prestigious award of artistic merit given by the state of Rio de Janeiro. Read less
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