Choro (“cry” or “lament”), also popularly called chorinho, is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music. The serenaders who play choros are known as chorões. – Wikipedia
Celebrated on Sunday (April 23rd), National Choro Day coincides, not by chance, with the birthday of Pixinguinha (1897-1973). To revere the master, who would’ve turned 120 years old on the date, more than eighty musicians presented themselves for free in five points throughout the city. The spree was idealized by the Instituto Casa do Choro. – Source (PT)
The History of Choro – Chorinho’s origin: The 30-min video above covers more than 100 years of Brazil’s most genuine musical genre and its most important exponents from Joaquim Calado to Altamiro Carrilho and recalling Chiquinha Gonzaga, Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim. The life of the composers who wrote the history of choro is told through the group Choro na Praça, presenting representative works from the 16 most important composers of the genre.
The album above features 36 compositions from Brazil’s most famous choro musicians, from 1906 to 1947. The video description on Youtube shows the songs, musicians and time stamps of each composition.
The video above is the 2005 documentary Brasileirinho, about choro in Rio de Janeiro.