O legacy of Heitor dos Prazeres has been celebrated in several recent exhibitions and events, including a major retrospective curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Raquel Barreto and Haroldo Costa, which is in its final week of exhibition at CCBB in Rio de Janeiro. Thinking about complementing your contact experience with the artist's multifaceted production, we selected some songs of his interpretation or authorship that marked his generation.
The result of this playlist is, as expected, full of lots of samba and carnival marches. After all, Heitor dos Prazeres not only dedicated his musical production to this genre, but carnival also permeated all spheres of his life. He played an important role in the formation of the first samba schools in the country and portrayed carnival scenes in a large part of his paintings.
Among the highlights of the selection is the song “Pierrot passionate”, one of his most popular creations. The march, co-written by the artist and Noel Rosa in 1936, portrays Pierrot's unrequited love for Colombina, characters from the Italian commedia dell'arte.
And in the midst of the 35th Bienal de São Paulo, of course we couldn’t fail to include the song “Carnaval na Bienal”. The infectious verses announce: “I'm going to be in São Paulo, I'm going to the Bienal / I want to look very original and there I'm going to have my carnival”. It is interesting to note that one of the most memorable moments in Heitor dos Prazeres' career occurred in 1951, during the first São Paulo Biennial, when he was awarded the silver medal in the “National Painting” category for his work “Moenda”.