This medley pairs two choros in F major (composed 1932/1938), with a reprise of the first. After a spirited introduction, Ainda Me Recordo displays a wide variety of thematic character. The highly syncopated maxixe in the A section gives way to more lyrical, quasi-classical writing in both the B and C sections (F minor and Ab major respectively). A direct segue to Proezas de Solón is quite natural. All three thematic sections are built primarily on the characteristic “fork” rhythm (sixteenth-eighth-sixteenth) so prevalent in Brazilian music and common to American ragtime. Pixinguinha’s original contracanto counterpoint is played by bass clarinet.

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