Cante Alentejano

The Alentejo sing is a typical genre of Alentejo, Portugal. This musical expression was not unique in the Alentejo, more own Baixo Alentejo that the High.

A 27 de novembro de 2014, a UNESCO considerou o Cante Alentejano como Património Cultural Imaterial da Humanidade.

The Cante of Alentejo is a choir amending one point alone and a choir, there a high filling breaks and shooting the stanzas. This invariably starts with a point as leaves, giving way to the top and the choir intervenes then, can participate point and high. At the end of verses the point reset as new leaves, followed by the same set of verses. The repeats the number of cycle times that are requested, this feature, along with the slow tempo and musical pauses contribute to the monotonous nature of the Cante of Alentejo.

This presents Greek track modes, missing both the classical music and popular in Europe, which are restricted to higher and lower modes. The Hellenic face may come from the Gregorian chant, like the Arabic culture, but some musicologists find that comes from a more primitive means, including the pre-Roman times.

The sing, partner in the farming work, those working from sunrise to sunset in the fields. While the men sing symbolized the moments of leisure and libations, or even stillness, the routes, the arruadas. On the other hand, women sang with household chores. And in public, sing was closely related to religious occasions.

With the gradual mechanization of agriculture, the spread of radio and television as the mass m moving to the city, put in the decline sing, but this endures, survives and lives in formalized groups that cultivate the Alentejo Sing. Having lost some of their spontaneity, remaining limited to recapitulate the memory test.

Even with the living memory of those group that manifest themselves at parties, meetings and competitions, the departure from tradition progresses the inclusion in the repertoire of pieces to sing, including instrumentation and adulteration of traditional pieces to more contemporary sense.

As Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Alentejo Sing expressed new dynamics of change, improving the staff of life, attraction and retention of new people, and considering the growth of the Alentejo region the tourist level, missing only write a new history of cante, taking towards a new and innovative contemporary life.


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