Composed by Robert W. Smith. Concert Band. Symphony Band. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR365). Oversized, spiral-bound score. Composed 2009. Duration 6 minutes, 39 seconds. Opus III Wind Orchestra Publications #012-3873-75. Published by Opus III Wind Orchestra Publications (CL.012-3873-75).
At long last, Robert W. Smith continues his musical journey that began in western Africa years ago and now takes us to Brazil. Based upon authentic Afro-Brazilian percussion grooves, "Brazil: Ceremony, Song and Samba" is comprised of three musical sections illustrating the impact of the African experience on music of this part of the world. Beginning in northern Brazil with the Ceremony, the piece transitions to Rio di Janiero and the smooth sounds of the bossa nova that has become so popular throughout the world. The piece concludes with the exciting sounds of Carnaval and the Samba Schools that fill the streets during the annual celebration. Exciting, musically rewarding and extremely effective in any concert setting!