On December 16th, at 6.30 pm, at the National Library of Portugal, professor, and musicologist Alberto Pacheco launches the CD of the group Academia dos Renascidos (“Academy of Reborn”), entitled Recitativos de Salão (Saloon Recitatives). It is the third CD released by the artist in the current year.
The result of original and unpublished research work on the birth and development of court recitatives as a quintessential Portuguese-Brazilian genre, the album and the anthology of sheet music now released reveal important cultural ties between Brazil and Portugal in the mid-nineteenth century, already after the political independence of the American nation.
The research is carried out within the Polo Caravelas Brasil Research Group, which works in collaboration with the Center for Studies on the History of Luso-Brazilian Music, an organ of CESEM, Center for the Study of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics, of which Alberto Pacheco is one of the founders, based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon. Pacheco is also the coordinator and editor of the Caravelas Biographical Dictionary.
The Academia dos Renascidos is a musical group founded by Alberto Pacheco whose interest is the Portuguese-Brazilian vocal repertoire. The name of the group is a tribute to the Academia Brasílica dos Renascidos, founded in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, in 1759, and which aimed to promote the literary production of that city. The group’s interest is focused on the relationship between music and literature and, in particular, on the chamber music produced in the territory of the former Luso-Brazilian empire, such as the modinhas, lundus, anthems, and recitativos de salão. The term “Renascidos” (“Reborn”) expresses the goal of bringing new life to songs that are silenced in archives, assuming as an artistic commitment to promoting modern premieres of this important repertoire. The analysis, editing, and interpretation of this repertoire is the result of current research by Alberto Pacheco.