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Alfredo Gama

Alfredo Gama left 250 compositions, a few of which remain unpublished. Graduating from regulations school from the Recife University in 1889, he became a region judge in upstate Pernambuco. In Feb 1897 he founded the Instituto Aires Gama, trying for contemporary pedagogic methods. Like a composer, Gama experienced an incessant activity, and his tunes were popular in Recife, many with lyrics by he himself, others by Armando de Oliveira. His 1st structure was the polca “Ave perform Paraítherefore,” as well as the last, the valse “Cala-te, Coração.” Gama utilized to interpret his compositions in the piano, and in addition published comedies and musical takes on, having written specifically for Alda Garrido. Among his popular waltzes, a few of which were integrated in the passionate repertory, many endured the check of period: “Valsa dos que Sofrem,” “Valsa dos que Ficam,” “Valsa da Saudade,” “Tempos Saudosos,” and “Como é bom Sonhar.” A few of them were documented by Mário de Azevedo in the Sinter LP Tempos Saudosos.

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