Marco Pereira: Brazilian Guitar virtuoso



This study traces the history of the guitar in Brazil and explores the life and artistry of Brazilian guitar virtuoso Marco Pereira. Marco Pereira is well known throughout Brazil as a consummate performer, arranger, and composer; he is considered by many to be one of Brazil’s most important contemporary guitarists. Mr. Pereira has worked with virtually every major contributor to Brazilian popular music during his time. An examination of his biography, compositions, musical influences, and technique will illuminate his Brazilian guitar style.

The goals of this work are 1) to provide first a brief history of the Brazilian guitar and the primary guitarists who have influenced the life and work of Marco Pereira, 2) to explore his biography, and 3) to analyze his contributions to Brazilian musical culture.

Brent Lee Swanson

Marco Pereira: Brazilian Guitar virtuoso



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