The beginnings of classical music in Brazil occurred with the arrival of the first settlers during the 1500s. Music, in those days, was connected to the church, where it served as part of the worship as a colony, Brazil was dependent on Portugal for everything, including the arts. Whatever music came to Brazil from Portugal, was filtered through the Portuguese court. With the coming of independence, Brazilians felt the need to seek their own identity. Music helped to make this possible, bringing together elements of several different cultures, which combined, assuming a distinctive Brazilian flavor.
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Latin American and Iberian Institute, The University of New Mexico
The Brazilian Curriculum Guide Specialized Bibliography, Series II. Jon M. Tolman, General Editor
Brazilian Classical Music
Coelho, Tade. "Brazilian Classical Music." (1998). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/laii_study_guides/5