LOST AND FOUND
GUITAR TRACKS AND SONGS FROM COIMBRA

WHY
I decided to implement this website and all the recovered work of guitar soundtracks from Coimbra, with the purpose of recovering, saving and sharing them with the world so that they aren’t forgotten. I did all this because the guitar track, in Coimbra’s style, has become quite sedentary.
I say this because, for example, a piece of work edited on the North side of the Country, rarely reaches the Center or vice versa .I discovered this through referenced pieces of work in Lisbon that weren’t known in Coimbra. With that said, with this work, the whole world will have access to a very large sample of the works that are traditionally played in Coimbra’s guitar, for free.
The website will be structured in various windows that intercommunicate, some of which will be subjected to future changes and improvements.

Section I – MY GUITAR TRACKS: various guitar tracks that I have been composing ever since I was 15. I don’t judge them in beauty, but I consider them happy, which contradicts the theory that all fado, and everything related to it, is sadness.
I even held a preparation of an author’s edition in my hands once, but I gave up on that project.

Section II – RARITIES: This was definitely the hardest part of the work I did. They are guitar tracks from personal cassettes left by guitar performers from Coimbra before they passed. These include Doctors Afonso de Sousa, José Amaral e Armando Carvalho Homem. Some of the tracks from Artur Paredes were also taken from cassettes based on 78 rpm discs recorded by Alexandre Brandão. Alexandre Brandão, already deceased, loved in Porto and was Artur Paredes’ greatest fan. He traveled everywhere where Artur Paredes performed along with his son Carlos and Arménio Silva. The tracks were registered in steel thread recorder (1943) and then transposed to 78 rpm non-commercial discs. Alexandre Brandão, worked in a radio station and for that reason he was able to do this job. From that date on, many years passed until the magnetic tape recorder came along and so, the recordings I received were very old and of bad quality because they had been played so many times. “Lá Maior”, from Dr. António Carvalhal comes from a version by DR. Carvalho Home, who learned with José Amaral. “Chula”, from Antero da Veiga, was played  by my friend and guitar player José Paulo because I don’t know how to play it and it would be a shame if it weren’t included. “Mi Menor”, from Flávio Rodrigues, was kindly given to me by my friend and also guitar player Dr. Móra Leitão, who learned it long ago with Fernando Rodrigues, brother of the guitar player and barber Flávio Rodrigues. “Sol Maior”, from Xabregas (Dr. Jorge de Morais), was given to me by the man himself who still lives in Oeiras. “Variações do Fado em Dó”, fixed by Flávio Rodrigues were integrated in “Rarities” because they include a part in Do minor that is not known to most players. This version was played by José Paulo.
The last guitar tracks from my great friend João Bagão could also be included in here but, when he offered them to me I culd not accept them because I was aware of the great responsibility they represented and could have not guessed that I would be creating a site like this in the future.
I suppose the tape still exists but I have been working to find it and haven’t done so yet. Like I ususally say, “ Culture is a great gift, everything done against it would be a great loss”. In the “Lost and found” section we can refer to works from José Chochofel, Francisco Menano, Albano de Noronha and Miguel Peres de Vasconcelos.
In this sound archive you can find tracks from “Salvados”, being only necessary that the complete exemplars of a determined melody are given to me, and the melody will then be subjected to a reconstitution and will be shared.

Section III- ARRANGEMENTS FOR GUITAR TRACKS FROM COIMBRA’S REGIONAL MUSIC: this started by being the easiest part of the work, because it resulted from a work of arrangements about present music on the CD “OLHAR COIMBRA” (edited in 1998). Those who performed the guitar track from Coimbra are used to interpreting provincial Portuguese music, but not derived from Coimbra, as with “ Bailados do Minho”.  However traditional songs and dances from Coimbra were played on a wire guitar and a guitar as shown by the “Regional Motifs” written by Antero de Veiga, the repertoire of Flavio Rodrigues and and even for titles recorded by Borges de Sousa (“Ronda pelas Fogueiras”). Included in this samples lundus, marches, the famous Giga of Coimbra, Noite Serena, o Beijo, o Balancé da Neve Pura, o valseado Sou Marinheiro, polcas, mazurcas, o comovente Choradinho, a Tricana de Aldeia, o Moleirinho com pomposo ar revolucionário, o Esta Calçadinha (celebrative of Largo do Romal) and many others.

SECTION IV- SAVING THE 78RPM’S, was also a difficult job though less in number. It consisted in the rescue of guitar tracks recorded on cassettes, which in turn were taken from 78 discs already vanished or simply existed in inaccessible private collections.

SECTION V- REMEMBERING ARTUR PAREDES LS 78 RPM’S: such a work could NEVER forget my great and dear friend Artur Paredes, the guitar wizard of Coimbra, the one who made it so great, not only in the physical aspect, but also in the sound. It is thanks to him we have our musical gift. Nor could I forget the MASTER that on the eve of succumbing to stomach operation hugged me crying and said, “Frias my friend this time god will take me.”
As such, I hope I have faithfully copied his repertoire 78Rpm’s.

SECTION VI- KNOWN GUITAR TRACKS FROM OTHER AUTHORS: This lot was the first one I did when I started working on the computer. It does not mean it is poorly structured, but as I lost the matrices I could not make improvements to the technical aspect. I hope I can record them again in the future. They are edited guitar tracks but NEVER herd in our radio stations. From this statement I exclude the Regional Station of Coimbra.

TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORTS
For all this apparatus, I had to build a small studio as you can see in the images above. The sound was picked up and worked with the portentous audio software “Cubase SX”. GOOD LISTENING and GOOD LEARNING!

FRIAS GONCALVES