Pintura por Cândido Portinari (domínio público)
Choro means 'cry'. It is the noun as in "um choro triste" (a sad cry) (so the first 'o' is pronounced like an 'ô', not like an 'ó'... as opposed to the verb spelled the same way, but pronounced with an ó) ... but the rhythm is most often very happy and upbeat (there seem to be a couple of different ideas on why that is the name, and since I don't know the answer, I won't go it to it). Here is a Brazilian advertisement that makes a joke based on the name of the style, where you can also hear an example of chorinho (don't worry if you don't get the joke!):
Chorinho is considered the first popular urban style of music created in Brazil (originating in the 19th century) and it is stil played in Brazil today.
If you are in New York City, you can go to a Choro concert right here in the city! The Choro Ensemble is playing at Zinc Bar tomorrow night (04 de Agosto)!
To learn a little bit more about chorinho, read one of these articles:
- Artigo sobre o choro em inglês (only are an early beginner! Otherwise, read the next one :-))
- Artigo sobre o choro em português
- Artigo da wikipédia em inglês (only are an early beginner! Otherwise, read the next one :-))
- Artigo da wikipédia em Português
To enjoy the music (and hear a little bit of Portuguese), you can watch the documentary "The sound of Rio: Brasileirinho"(imdb). If you are an advanced student, it may be good listening practice. You may try it even if you are a beginner, as there is a lot of music and not too much talking anyway:
*If you are an upper-intermediate or advanced student and really love Bossa nova, you should check this book out!
Hope to see you at Zinc bar!