This research approaches the inclusion of popular music as object of reflection in the Brazilian Academy of Music (ABM), as well in the work of Vasco Mariz, academic, diplomat, historian and musicologist. The project has two main strands: the foundation of ABM, formed by composers and music researchers in 1945, but institutionally consolidated only in the 1950s, and the beginning of Vasco Mariz's career as a researcher interested in Brazilian music in the late 1940. The biography "Heitor Villa-Lobos, Compositor Brasileiro" and "Dicionário Bio-bibliográfico Musical", both from 1949, were his first books published in Brazil. The vast work of this author has provided, for nearly seven decades, data to analysis on preservation of the history and memory of Brazilian music. His work is heir of a tradition of studies on music and dialogues with predecessors, besides to evoke central questions about the formation of the Brazilian musical canon. Thus, the sources used are ABM documents and Vasco Mariz's books. The research aims to understand the formation of the canon from the studies by authors who search the "origins" and "popular" elements related to national musicality. The project deals with the circulation of ideas and writing modes in the history of Brazilian music from two methodological procedures: a) inquiry the archive of ABM and of the texts produced by academics; b) textual analysis of Vasco Mariz's work.
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