Ten (Anti-) Theses for a Brazilian Popular Musical Aesthetic

Henry Burnett

Abstract


This article points out some elements that can help to understand the difficulty of analyzing popular music in Brazil with the forms of analysis commonly used by classical aesthetics and philosophy of music. In addition, it indicates some possible paths for the development of a critique of national musical material. To this end, this article retrieves some fundamental questions about the history of popular music in Brazil: its triple origin (African, European and Amerindian), the influence of capitalism in the first decades of the twentieth century, the concept of ‘popular’, its connection with early lyric poetry and its multiple forms of expression.

Article received: April 20, 2021; Article accepted: June 23, 2021; Published online: October 15, 2021; Review paper

How to cite this article: Burnett, Henry. "Ten (Anti-) Theses for a Brazilian Popular Musical Aesthetic." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 26 (October 2021): 53-61. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i26.469


Keywords


Brazilian music; popular music aesthetics; music criticism; popular; song.

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