Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa

Waltzes, barrel organs, and music boxes - transatlantic crossings between Europe and Rio de Janeiro in the early 19th century.

Expanding on histories of popular music in Brazil that tend to perpetuate the myth of origin created by 19th century men of letters, in which the lundu and the modinha are the Brazilian musical matrices, we discuss how, in Rio de Janeiro (our case study), people consumed a wider variety of musical genres that were appropriated by the local repertoire.

Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa is Professor of Musicology at UNIRIO—Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro—and Researcher of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). She has published widely on various aspects of Brazilian music, both in Brazil and abroad. Some of her texts can be downloaded from