Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 5(1), pp. 63 - 71
DOI: 10.13189/sa.2017.050107
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Composing Conventions: The First Universal Aspect of Moda-De-Viola

Jean Carlo Faustino *
Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil


This article aims to address the song-form of moda-de-viola: a music genre considered genuinely Brazilian and of rural origin; however, it was disseminated by the record industry throughout the twentieth century. The issue will be addressed by analyzing the constituent elements of this musical genre, which was based on a bibliographical review of authors who have systematically studied the topic, which was in contrast to studies conducted by the author of this article. So, the exposition of this analysis will be accomplished by revealing the elements that are necessarily present in every moda-de-viola, followed by those elements which eventually appear on compositions. This exposition will, however, be preceded by an introduction that seeks to contextualize the relevance of this reflection for the study of moda-de-viola itself. This argument is readdressed in the final considerations of the article, which looks forward to presenting new research possibilities suggested (or reopened) by this reflection, followed by a brief overview of what was previously present.

Form, Musical, Moda-De-Viola, Caipira Music, Brazil

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Jean Carlo Faustino (2017). Composing Conventions: The First Universal Aspect of Moda-De-Viola. Sociology and Anthropology, 5 , 63 - 71. doi: 10.13189/sa.2017.050107.