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A Respectable Spell: Transformations of Samba in Rio de Janeiro


This book is primarily about the social history and musical changes of samba in Rio de Janeiro from 1917 to the early 1930s, looking chiefly at the era’s commercial recordings. The year 1917 marks the first time that a popular song designated as “samba” became a widespread Carnival success in the city. In the early 1930s, a new style of samba became dominant, such that it is still today the genre’s primary point of reference. The book proposes an analysis and interpretation of the differences in the musical styles, highlighting their rhythmic aspects. It also shows how these differences are li ... More

Keywords: Samba, popular music in Rio de Janeiro, 1870-1940, Brazilian popular music, 1870-1940, African-Brazilian popular music, Lundu, Ismael Silva (1905-1978), Noel Rosa (1910-1937)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252044021
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044021.001.0001