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Further, Levy was a pioneer of Brazilian musical nationalism, as shown in the Tango Brasileiro, for piano, and the Suite bresilienne. In spite of the title in French, the fourth part of the suite is a Samba. He is considered one of the best Brazilian composers of the romantic period.
What does this mean? The tango brasileiro as a genre is a Brazilian ballroom dance that was in vogue in Rio de Janeiro in the last decades of the XIX century. It is very different from the tango argentino. Another pianist from those times, Ernesto Nazareth , wrote many famous Brazilian Tangos. Here is the first page of the score of the Tango Brasileiro. The last section is in A Major, but the final chord is, surprisingly, of A Minor.
This major third was called the tierce de Picardie or Picardy third. The function of this final surprise is to wrap or synthesize, in a single chord, the entire tension of the piece, as in the most daring romantic fragments. Impromptu-caprice op. This elegant and good-humoured piece for piano, opus 1 by Alexandre Levy, was composed between and He grew up in a very musical environment.
The Casa Levy survives today as a piano store. French culture must have influenced Alexandre Levy. The family probably used to speak French at home: his father was born French and his mother was from the French part of Switzerland. The composer used to name his works in French. In Alexandre went to Europe in order to complete his education.
He did not suffer from any illness that we know of, but suddenly passed away, leaving an amazing production for a 27 year-old. Romance sans paroles op. But his works are highly original and sometimes built on Brazilian popular forms the case of the Tango Brasileiro or use Brazilian folk themes as raw material, which makes him a pioneer of Brazilian musical nationalism.
The song he used was Balaio, from the south of Brazil. Allegro appassionato op. This important and difficult piano piece, from , reveals how much Levy admired Robert Schumann. The first theme with variations ever written on a Brazilian folk song is this interesting piece by Alexandre Levy, with 16 variations. Are you interested? Posted by Nando Florestan.
Alexandre Levy – Breve Resumo
Alexandre Levy Tango Brasileiro