culture - Petrobras commitment
Petrobras is proud to present the first of a series of nine score books, part of the project Brazilian Music Archives – Restoration and Dissemination, which forms a hitherto unpublished production of our music starting from the colonial period until the early 20th century. This forms yet another significant project which Petrobras is committed to accomplishing in its role as promoter of projects aiming at rescuing and preserving Brazil's historical, cultural and artistic heritage.
project touches the soul of Brazilian musicality. Developed in partnership
with the Fundação Cultural e Educational da Arquidiocese
de Mariana (Cultural and Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Mariana)
and the Bureau Cultural, the primary
The project is to be carried out over three years and includes the recovery and cataloguing of the museum's collection, the selection of inedited compositions to be recorded on nine CDs (three a year, with 4500 copies of each), the publishing of the scores corresponding to the material recorded and concerts to be held in Belo Horizonte, Mariana, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
research and reorganisation of the collection were entrusted to an outstanding
The CDs and publications were organised in order to give the public a logical, and non-fragmented view of the material available in the museum collection. The first book presents the compositions of glorification of Pentecost, the second comprises pieces for Mass and the third is the music performed on Holy Saturday. Many of these composers had never had a single piece registered.
Petrobras offers the country a project which is considered an important reference for Brazilian musicology. The Ministry of Culture acknowledges the scientific value of the research and restoration work, the pragmatic aspect of its conception and the impact of its content on the country's musical heritage. The project has met with the thorough approval of the Ministry of Culture according to the Federal Law for Incentive to Culture.
The commitment to Brazil has been renewed. Having restored, digitalised and disseminated the scores from the past four centuries, Petrobras has made a decisive contribution to one of the most profound and comprehensive revisions of the history of our music.