Music and Cinema in Brazil

 

Classical music in Brazil is not just a music genre but also a vital element when the cinema started to take its first steps in the late century XIX.

In the provincial town of Ponta Grossa, in the state of Paraná, the cinema was the root of the technological and cultural growth in one of the most important cities in Brazil. Formerly an entertainment center and example of modernization because of its large and luxurious cinemas, Ponta Grossa, since 1879, with the Theater Band, a City Philharmonic dedicated to musical performances that included the soundtrack to silent films of the period - in this time is still transmitted in theater.

With the arrival of the city's first movie theater, Cine Recreio in 1906, the Theater Band became Aurora Pontagrossense, Philharmonic conducted by Manoel Cirilo Ferreira that began to devote it time exclusively to making musical accompaniments in film sessions.

However, another very important factor was the rival of Aurora Pontagrossense, the Lira dos Campos band. Tired of boycotts of his band - which was marginalized by the elite - the merchant and Russian-German musician Jacob Holzmann built the cinema Renascença in 1911, only to allow Lira dos Campos band to play, however, his act has taken with great proportions. The Lira dos Campos band grew with the cinema and brought to the city and Brazil the dawn of classical music, becoming the most famous and renowned philharmonic of Ponta Grossa and an example for Brazil.

May the Force be with you, ladies and gentlemen

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