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Biography of

Alfredo da Rocha Vianna

23 apr 1897 (Rio de Janeiro) - 17 feb 1973 (Rio de Janeiro)
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Background information
Birth name Alfredo da Rocha Viana Filho
Also known as Pizinguim, Bexiguinha, Pexinguinha, Pixinguinha
Born November 4, 1897(1897-11-04)
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died February 7, 1973 (aged 75)
Genres Choro, Maxixe, Samba, Waltz, Jazz
Occupations Songwriter, composer, arranger, instrumentalist
Instruments Saxophone, flute
Years active 1911-1973

Alfredo da Rocha Viana Filho, better known as Pixinguinha, (April 23, 1897 - February 7, 1973) was a choro composer, arranger, flautist and saxophonist born in Rio de Janeiro. Through the legacy of the pioneering choro composers of the 19th century and of the Afro-Brazilian tradition, Pixinguinha produced the most important choro works of all time. Edifying the choro as a musical genre, he conferred on it personality and identity.


From an early age, Pixinguinha was a distinguished flautist and wrote his first piece at 13. When he grew older, he began the revolutionary musical group Os Oito Batutas. This ensemble was the first Brazilian group featuring the jazzy instrumentation of the trumpet, trombone, and saxophone. After receiving a gig for the dance couple, Duque and Gabi at the Assírio cabaret, they were discovered by the wealthy Eduardo Guinle who solely sponsored their first European tour in 1922. Their tour was a complete success and Pixinguinha received much praise from many distinguished Parisian musical artists including the famed Harold de Bozzi. In 1940, Pixinguinha initiated one of the most distinguished musical periods in the history of Brazil in which composition was revolutionized by improvisation to musical counterpoint.

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