The Music Of Brazilian Music Essay

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The music of Brazil was formed from the mixture of European, African and indigenous elements, brought by Portuguese settlers, slaves and by the natives who inhabited the so-called New World. Other influences have been added throughout history, establishing a huge variety of musical styles. At the time of the discovery of Brazil, the Portuguese were amazed at the natives ' way of dressing and the way they made music: singing, dancing, playing instruments (rattles, flutes, drums).
Brazilian music mixes elements of various cultures, especially the so-called formative cultures, which were the Portuguese (European) settlers, the natives (indigenous) and the African (slaves). It is difficult to say with certainty which were the elements of origin, but we know that some musical instruments, for example, are traditional of certain cultures. The first teachers of music in Brazil were the Jesuit priests, responsible for the catechesis of the natives, from 1549. In the south of Brazil, the Jesuits built the Missions, which was a project that in addition to bringing culture to the Guarani Indians, also taught them The Catholic religion, agriculture, and vocal and instrumental music, creating after ten years, entire orchestras only of Guarani. The most famous Jesuit priest of the Missions was Father José de Anchieta (1534-1597), creator of many didactic plays, whose function was to teach the religion in a creative and spectacular way to the Indians.
Throughout the time the cultural…

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