ON AQUARELAS & QUERELASQuerelas do Brasil, written by Maurício Tapajós and Aldir Blanc, was firstrecorded by Elis Regina in her 1978 album Transversal do Tempo.The title clearly refers to Aquarela do Brasil, the famous music composedby Ary Barroso. However, the similarity between the two songs does not gofurther.Written in 1939 and extolling the qualities and grandiosity of the Country,Aquarela do Brasil started in music an extremely patriotic movement thatwould be known as samba-exaltação [samba-exaltation].
Querelas do Brasil displays another reality, quite different from that depictedby the boastful verses of Aquarela do Brasil.Tapajós and Blanc draw attention to Brasil’s political, social and culturalmatters, represented by customs, arts, folklore and indigenous influences.The Portuguese word Querela comes from Latin [Querella] and can betranslated into English as Complaint, Grievance, Lament.
Brasil has never been to Brazil Brazil does not know Brasil
MUSIC Aquarela do Brasil (excerpt) Written by Ary Barroso Performed by Elis Regina Querelas do BrasilWritten by Maurício Tapajós and Aldir Blanc Performed by Elis Regina PAINTINGS Elis Regina Carvalho Costa Djanira, Beatriz Milhazes and Volpi 1945-1982 Elis Photos from her last show Trem Azul 1981 All images via internet