How are you?
>Several years ago I practiced a Brazilian tango of Nazareth's called "Garôto". It's a lovely piece >which always seems to gather instantaneous popularity, regardless of the audience.
Nazareth usually has a captivating charm of its own, which is why it is beginning to be more and more appreciated/recorded worldwide. And that is great.
>Anyway. I'd like to get this one back in shape in order to record it, and I have a problem. I never >gave it much thought back then (because there was only so much I could do anyway), but there is >no tempo marking on the score, and I absolutely have no idea how fast a Brazilian tango should >be played, or what the stylistic conventions are. From an uneducated standpoint, the piece may >actually "work" at several different paces, and I can't make up my mind.
>Do you know the piece? What would you do, or how do you usually go about it with the Nazareth >pieces you play?
Yes, that's a big question, and certainly has no definitive answer. One could write an essay on this issue. Like Bach, Nazareth almost never wrote tempo markings on his scores. You're right when you say that " the piece may actually "work" at several different paces". This can be seen on the recordings: each person plays it in a different tempo, some times very different from each other.
Usually Nazareth's music should be played slowly (there's an uncorfirmed reference that his Brazilian tangos should be played at 100bpm, which can be very slow depending on the piece) and a famous quotation by himself telling that his music shouldn't be played fast. Nevertheless among the few recordings he left there are some quite fast-paced (a fact that can also be discussed).
I think that you'll have more security with the tempo after listening to some recordings of it. Send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and I'll send you some reference recordings of Garoto. Then you can choose them tempo that suits you best according to your taste (which is what I do).