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10 sources of free Brazilian music scores and tabs

January 8, 2013 2 Comments

Love to play Brazilian music but you are a little short on money and would love to find some free archives song/music scores? Try these 10 sources of Bossa Nova, samba and classical scores. Note that some of them display original handwritten versions:

culture  10 sources of free Brazilian music scores and tabs

Marching band in Olinda, Pernambuco. Photo by Pit Thompson/Flickr


1 – Brazil on guitar, an amazing German website that honors master guitar player Baden Powell, has dozens of scores of songs he performed, like Luiz Gonzaga’s Asa Branca and Berimbau, Vinícius de Moraes’ Berimbau, Luiz Bonfá’s Manhã de Carnaval in three versions (1966, 1970 and 1971) and Chico Buarque’s Gente Humilde

2 – Free-scores is a French database that delivers what it promises. It has a few Brazilian songs, including Caetano Veloso’s London London, Zequinha de Abreu’s Tico-Tico no Fubá, Ernesto Nazareth’s Brejeiro, Chiquinha Gonzaga’s O Corta-Jaca.

3 – Instituto Tom Jobim, created to celebrate the Bossa Nova master, published a few of his greatest hits scores, such as Eu sei que vou te Amar, Chega de Saudade, Águas de Março and Garota de Ipanema. You can find a few other scores composed by Jobim at Clube do Tom, a website created by his fan base, namely Samba do Avião and Gabriela.

4 – Online Sheet Music offers a few option, such as Ary Barroso’s Aquarela do Brasil, Jorge Benjor’s Mas que Nada and Chove Chuva, Vinícius de Moraes’ Água de Beber. But note that it is a commercial website and some scores might be truncated.

5 – The Petrucci Music Library, a good source for instrumental and classical music, includes Ernesto Nazareth‘s Cavaquinho, por que Choras? and Odéon; several compositions by Alberto Nepomuceno; the Brazilian National Anthem by Francisco Manuel da Silva and, more important, three dozen compositions by the great Heitor Villa-Lobos, including 6 of his 9 Bachianas and several choros.

6 - Musica Brasilis is, similarly, a collection of Brazilian classical repertoire that covers from Radamés Gnatalli to Claudio Santoro and Francisco Mignone. Many scores are truncated, but the website indicates where you could get full versions.

7 – Composer/singer Chico Buarque de Hollanda made available a few scores of his songs through the Instituto Tom Jobim website. There you will find Valsinha and all the scores from the album Chico Buarque de Hollanda, including Baioque, Acalanto, Apesar de Você and Essa Moça tá Diferente.

8 – Instituto Tom Jobim also offers scores composed by the musical patriarch of Bahia: Dorival Caymmi, including O Samba da Minha Terra, Doralice, Marina, Maracangalha and Saudade da Bahia.

9  – Gilberto Gil also offer some of his scores to Instituto Tom Jobim, where you can find Vamos Fugir and Toda Menina Baiana.

10 – And last, but definitely not least, the Cifra Club is a source of guitar tabs and tutorials that offers a huge collection of Brazilian songs. You can either search for singers, bands or composers or look for Top Cifras e Tabs, a long list of songs, most of them Brazilian, that includes Raul Seixas’ Maluco Beleza, Paula Fernandes’ Não Precisa and Los Hermanos’ Anna Julia.

Have fun!

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