“Sertaneja” or countrified music is a kind of Brazilian music produced in the 1910’s , by rural and urban composers. It is generally called “modas”, “toadas”, “cateretês”, “chulas”,“emboladas” and “batuques”, and viola sound is predominant.
It has stylistic roots in “cururu”, “embolada”, “fandango”, “recortado” and “toada”and had the initial site of spread in rural Brazil,mainly in the Mid – West, Southeast and South Regions.
The “Sertaneja Music” has typical instruments: the guitar – viola, the guitar, the concertina, the accordion and the flute and despite havinghad its origin in the countryside of Brazil, “Sertaneja Music” is popular in all corners of the country.
The best known subgenres of “Sertaneja Music” are: COUNTRIFIED or “SERTANEJO de RAIZ”,“ROMANTIC SERTANEJO” and “ACADEMIC SERTANEJO” – that is the hit of the moment.
In 1929, the nowadays “Sertaneja Music” appeared in recordings of stories and pieces of traditional songs from the ruralcountryside of São Paulo, Minas Gerais South And Triangle, Southeast of Goiás and Mato Grosso, made by the folklorist, writer and journalist Cornélio Pires.
The highlights – the trend at a later time hadnames like the doubles ALVARENGA and RANCHINHO, TORRES and FLORÊNCIO, TONICO and TINOCO, VIEIRA and VIEIRINHA, among others. Some songs that can be mentioned are: “SERGIO FORERO” composed by CornélioPires, “O BONDE CAMARÃO” composed by Cornélio Pires and Mariano, “SERTÃO DE LARANJINHA” composed by Ariovaldo Pires and “CABOCLA TEREZA” composed by Ariovaldo Pires and João Pacífico.
After theSecond World War, a new phase of “Sertaneja Music” began to take shape with the incorporation of new styles (duets with varying intervals and the mariachi style), genres (initially the “guarânia” and theParaguayan polka and later the “corrido”and the Mexican “Ranchera”) and instruments (as the accordion and the harp) and the thematic became more romantic, retaining, however, an autobiographical...