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Tenho Gatilhos e Tambores: aesthetic deadlocks and political engagement in the work of Sérgio Ricardo (1958-1967)

Grant number: 16/06533-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Augusto Totti
Grantee:Mariana Bueno de Oliveira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil


In the late 50s and early 60s Brazilian society went through a abnormal economic growth, which the main reason was Juscelino Kubtschek (1951-1961) arrival to presidency of the republic and with it the proposition of "target plan", supported the national-developmentalist ideology. The culture and the arts, somehow, suffered the impacts of those structural transformations by the political and economical side, mainly when the debates about Brazilian reality and the cultural construction guided by the premises of the national-popular. Music, in particular, renewed itself through changes in the aesthetic aspect and the creation of "bossa nova" which synthesized all the younger generation aspirations about a new political and ideological project, gestated within the middle classes. . In this picture is emerging, along with many other musicians and composers, the work of the composer Sergio Ricardo, especially when its record production fits the wishes of a "Brazilian musicality" in detriment of foreign influences. His work shows the problem of a generation of artists who struggled on the threshold of artistic engagement, the politicization of the arts and the emergence of a cultural industry in Brazil. Also can be highlighted the cultural confront and the mechanism of construction of what Roberto Schwarz once called "leftism social hegemony", in the 60s. (AU)