A Frenchman in Brazil: Influences on Darius Milhaud's Le Boeuf sur le Toit
During 1917 and 1918, Darius Milhaud lived in Rio de Janeiro as secretary to the French Minister to Brazil. While there he absorbed music and culture and determined when he returned to France to compose a ballet based on the Carnival in Rio, and named after a popular samba. The result was the surreal ballet Le Boeuf sur le Toit. We will celebrate the beginning of Carnival by examining some of the source music for Le Boeuf, and performing other Brazilian chamber music, and the masterpiece itself. The performance will be guided by Thomas Garcia, musicologist and Brazilian music expert at Miami University, and directed by concert:nova's own Aimée Langrée.