Fado Portugues, Songs from the Soul of Portugal. Music Sales Corp.; Book & CD edition (January 2004). ISBN: 0711982295.
Compiled and edited by Donald Cohen.
The interest in fado music outside of Portugal has grown considerably in past years thanks to influential artists like Mariza, Cristina Branco, Misia and others. With the growing interest, new compilations and books are coming out to shed light on the passionate Portuguese style.
Fado Portugues, Songs from the Soul of Portugal is not a historical account of fado music, but rather a collection of some of fado’s most famous songs, accompanied by fascinating vintage photography.
The book begins with a brief historical introduction, followed by the sheet music and lyrics of popular songs, a total of twenty-six songs in melody line arrangements for voice and guitar, with chord boxes and full lyrics in both Portuguese and English.
Every song comes with a historical overview that includes the name of the composer and the history of the song.
The author ends the book with a listing of fado houses in Lisbon, a bibliography and the track listing of the CD that accompanies the book. All the artists featured are fado classics, including the great fado diva Amalia Rodrigues.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.