Core Repertoire

With some 150 years of history, choro repertoire is already very extensive and still growing. One of the challenges we face at­ Choro Camp, then, is how to find or create common musical ground. No doubt this will happen in the most organic fashion as it always has—on the fly in actual rodas de choro.

That said, at a typical roda in Brazil or elsewhere the “regulars” have a shared repertoire that makes up much of what will be played whenever they gather. So we’re recommending some repertoire to prepare, to whatever degree possible, in advance. 

Below, you’ll find a list of the 10 tunes that will make up our Core Repertoire for camp this year.  Click the name of any tune to hear one reference recording of it, but we encourage you to seek out and listen to others as well.  Almost all (the exception being “Coralina”) are easily available online in a variety of interpretations.

To help you make the best use of your preparation time we’ll organize the suggested repertoire into two “tiers”, as shown below.  

Tier 1 Core Repertoire

Our “Tier 1” is a selection of 5 tunes to which we are sure to devote intensive study at Choro Camp. All are well-known, and relatively accessible. They are organized here as they will be at camp, by the underlying rhythm we’ll use to play them. 

The more familiar you are with these tunes when you get here, the more time you can devote to refining and enjoying your interpretation of them. 

Tier 2 Core Repertoire

If learning those first five tunes leaves you with time to spare, try those in Tier 2, listed below. As you can see, these tunes are organized by the same rhythms as those above, so they will provide us an opportunity to go deeper into each rhythmic style. We may or may not study these tunes as intensively as we will those in Tier 1 – that depends on you! – but they will surely come up in rodas by virtue of being recommended here.

Looking for information on what these asterisks mean? See the paragraph in italics at the bottom of the page.

Written Music

Below, you’ll find sheet music in Concert C, Bb and Eb for all of these tunes.  Soon we’ll compile a booklet of all 10 tunes in each of the transpositions and make that, too, available for download here.

Thanks to Dominique Gagné and Catherine Bent for these charts! Thanks too to Joel Springer for help with proofing them.

Concert C Charts 

Here’s a compilation of all ten charts for Concert C instruments:
CCNE Core Repertoire 2024_C 

And here they are individually:

Bb Charts

Here’s a compilation of all ten charts for Bb instruments:
CCNE Core Repertoire 2024_Bb

And here they are individually:

Eb Charts

Here’s a compilation of all ten charts for Eb instruments:
CCNE Core Repertoire 2024_Eb

And here they are individually:

Video Accompaniments

You’ll find play-along video accompaniments to these tunes in a playlist on the Choro Camp youtube channel to facilitate practice. These were prepared by artists who will be on the faculty this year, and to whom we owe our gratitude. So put them to use! To get the most out of them, be sure you know how to slow down YouTube videos—including the “Custom” slow down feature that provides unlimited control over the speed at which the video plays. (Don’t ask us for tech support on that, please. Ask a 15 year-old.)  

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