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Lyrics, melody, arrangement: elements in tension in Favela by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes

Silvio Augusto Merhy About the author

Records have made easier to think over a musical issue as a document, not exclusively as an aesthetic object. Through song recordings it is possible to decompose, recompose, analyze, extract components, etc., and most of all consider them as belonging to a vast social net. Putting together lyrics, melody and arrangement poses the question of classifying genres. Musical arrangements, as a kind of song frame, can break apart the former sense of the combination lyrics/melody. Some recordings of O morro não tem vez by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes disclose contradictions and tensions in what is called Bossa Nova and make it a permanent question.

Brazilian popular song; samba; slums in Rio de Janeiro; Bossa Nova; Tom Jobim; Vinícius de Moraes

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