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REILY, Suzel Ana. The baroque experience and local Identity in the Holy Week of Campanha, Minas Gerais. Per musi [online]. 2011, n.24, pp.43-53. ISSN 1517-7599.

This paper analyses the formation of a baroque sensibility in the State of Minas Gerais (Brazil) that derives from the participatory and highly emotive orientation of the colonial festivals, the legacy of which is still present in many former mining towns in the region. By focusing upon the Holy Week celebrations in Campanha, a small town in southern Minas Gerais, the text shows how this annual event was organized by the Confraternity of the Holy Sacrament, but was then transferred to a local committee after the confraternity was made extinct. If up to the mid 19th century there were semi-professional musicians to perform for the celebrations, responsibility for the music was slowly taken over by amateur groups. In this way the festival came to be understood as a local affair, and each year the population renews its pride in itself for its capacity to stage such a 'marvelous' event.

Keywords : baroque; Minas Gerais; Holy Week; participation; local identity.

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