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Maracatu

( Brazilian Dance)

During my brief career as an amateur-guitar teacher I have made some arrangements of classical pieces for a duo setting, with a relatively simple melody part and an accompaniment for the teacher. My aim was to start playing together as soon as possible.

I got acquainted with traditional Brasilian musical forms via 10 Brasilian Folk Tunes in the setting by Isaias Savio, they have been a personal favourite of mine ever since, I still play them regularly. Maracatu is a quick and lively dance form.

The piece was very suitable for separation of melody and accompaniment. After some trickery with Sibelius, this duo was the result.