|Benedito Lacerda (flute), Pixinguinha (saxophone), c. 1946|
The title of this choro has a special background, the music was composed as a tribute to the Brazilian soccer team that won the 1919 South American championship and its first international soccer title in a match with Uruguay with the result 1-0 in favour of the Brazilian team (- thus the title, which in Portuguese reads 'um a zero').
|The 1919 Brazilian soccer team|
|Arthur Friedenreich (source: Wikipedia)|
|Arthur Friedenreich secures the victory of 1-0, 1919|
|Multi string virtuoso Garoto (Anibal Augusto Sardinha)|
Pixinguinha's "Um a Zero" is the first registered musical composition that celebrates soccer in Brazil and honors its players. Although the music wasn't recorded before 1946 and copyrighted 1947, the score was composed at the time of the event it celebrates - Pixinguinha is said to have attended the audience at the legendary 1919 match between Brazil and Uruguay, and to express his enthusiasm for the result he went straight home and composed the music.
The photos documenting the 1919 match betwen Brazil and Uruguay inserted above are copied from this source. The story of Arthur Friedenreich and inspiration for this entry owes thanks to this source.
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