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Amazonia Sem Lei

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Clarice Assad

Clarice Assad

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 13:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Virtual Artists Publishing Collective
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Introduction
2. Seres
3. Sun-Drum
4. Curupira


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone

Solo Voice


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The term “amazônia sem lei” (lawless Amazon) sheds light on the instinctive greed and selfishness rampant in corporate institutions that burden the environment and people who rely on it for sustenance. This phrase serves as powerful inspiration for the hope of a better future, demonstrated powerfully through MIT’s recent 20-minute new work for wind ensemble and violin – with the same name. Creating a space to reflect on this expression, which is so firmly rooted in cultural history, at once celebrates strength while inspiring hope. It’s a dynamic reminder of our obligation to serve as stewards of these precious natural resources.

Musically speaking, the piece draws influence from what I believe are the three most prominent musicians who have always advocated for nature in their works: Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, singer-songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim, and composer, singer, and musicologist Marlui Miranda. Each, in their way, brought the sounds of the forest into our collective consciousness.

The closest to the sounds of the Amazon we can get is through the music of Marlui Miranda. She lived among the indigenous people of the Amazon for decades, earned their trust, and collected their music and stories.

- Program Note by composer


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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