World Composer Day: a path paved by great names

When it comes to music, Brazil is a fertile cradle of great names, recognized throughout the world for their talents, which leave indelible marks on erudite and popular works. We are musical – there’s no denying it – and everyone who loves good music loves some Brazilian music. To recognize this hereditary and ancestral talent, on January 15th, the World Composer’s Day is celebrated.

Knowledge and appreciation

The date originated in Mexico, in 1945, when the country’s Society of Authors and Composers was created. After that, the rest of the world also adopted the commemoration, which values ​​the people behind so many immortal works. Here, in Brazil, the National Foundation of the Arts (Funarte) plays this role very properly, which aims to preserve the memory of masters of Brazilian music in books and records, available free of charge on its website.

Music is everywhere, it is our nature to musicalize feelings, “we are made of silence and sound”, as Lulu Santos and Nelson Motta beautifully wrote. But the composer has not always had and has the visibility he deserves. At the beginning of the expansion of classical music in Europe, for example, the performer could change the composition as he wished and even insert parts of other compositions. Over time, classical music became more complex and the composer more valued, with more control over his works.

In Brazil, there are so many composers who have immortalized feelings, talents from all over our giant expanse, that I couldn’t name them all. But we can highlight some that help us, despite the regrets, to be proud of being Brazilian, taking a ride on the composition of the wonderful Gonzaguinha.

Chiquinha Gonzaga

A thousand-year-old woman, the daughter of a slave with a first lieutenant, was rejected by her paternal family, but she did not give up and enjoyed all that was best in the bourgeois education she received. Later, she received a piano from her then husband and began a path of no return in her life: composition.

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Our treasure of classical music! Founder of the Academia Brasileira de Música, he learned since childhood to play the cello, clarinet and saxophone. I liked listening to classical music, but I was very interested in Brazilian rhythms. This peculiar taste resulted in a musical revolution, with rhythms never before experienced.

Other big names are also worth mentioning when it comes to weight composition. Are they: And Barroso, Pixinguinha, Topper, pink christmas, Adoniran Barbosa, Luiz Gonzaga, Vinicius de Moraes, Lupicínio Rodrigues, Dorival Caymmi, Dona Ivone Lara, Tom Jobim, Tom Zé, Robert Charles, Gilbert Gil, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Peninha, Paulinho da Viola, Team Maia, Chico Buarque, secondhand, Aldir Blanc, Zé Ramalho, toquinho, djavan, Rita Lee, cazuza, Renato Russo, Carlinhos Brown e Lulu Santos. The contribution of all these talents brought to Brazilian music more purity, more affection, more calm, more joy, to paraphrase the genius Peninha.

All these names that came before us paved the way for new talents to walk more safely and calmly in the music world, but this is still not an easy path, which only depends on talent. Not to say that I didn’t mention flowers, the land is fertile, but to make it bloom and bear fruit, investment is needed, which can come through a personal loan, insistence and determination, because, as Geraldo Vandré wrote, who knows, the time, do not wait to happen.