Variations on a theme by Rimbaud




Literature and music, Sound, noise and rhythm, Rimbaud


This article presents an analysis of the poem “Cocheiro Bêbado” by Rimbaud, translated by Augusto de Campos. The Portuguese version expressive ly high lights the acousticism pression of the characters' movements during the lyrical plot. More specifically, the noises — created from sound figures, symmetrical frequency, and periodicity — alter there adding of the verses. To an extent, “Cocheiro Bêbado” signals the emancipation of noise that occurs in both poetry and music at the end of the 19th century and during the 20th century, which also culminates in the ascension of percussive sounds. We Will proceed with a theoretical introduction on the points presented and follow – seeking an interaction between versification and orality, and between verse and music – by presenting two layers of reading, sound-rhythmic and structural, each with specific variation used by the poem. For each variation, we present a brief musical interpretation utilizing percussion instruments and their respective score.


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Author Biographies

Célia Maria Domingues da Rocha Reis, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil

PhD in Brazilian Literature and Master´s in Literary Theory at the State University of Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), São José do Rio Preto, Brasil. Postdoctoral internship in Comparative Literature (2007) and in Children’s and Young Adult Literature (2018) at the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brasil. Full Professor at the Department of Letters and at the Postgraduate Program of Language Studies (PPGEL) at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT). Main interest areas: Comparative Literature, Poetry and Music, and Literature Teacher Training, with a recent project completed, the Library-Workshop Program of Literature:25 years training readers in Middle Araguaia (Cuiabá, Publisher of UFMT, 2021). Leader of the Research Group Art places: languages, memories, borders (DGP/CNPq), currently developing the V!VA, Poetry II Project, with reasearch orientations bound to cientific iniciation, master´s and doctorate. This project received an award from the Aldir Blanc 2020 Edict/Municipal Department of Culture/Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, for book publication Between poetry and mucis, words that chant.

José Augusto Duarte Lacerda, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil

A Professor of Percussion at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Dr. Lacerda coordinates the [re]Percute UFMT community outreach program. He has performed with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, the Brazilian Symphony, and the Petrobras Symphony. He has recorded for labels such as New World Records and Soundset Recordings. He has published in journals such as Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, Per Musi and Hodie Music. Awards received include Percussive Arts Society, Zildjian, and the Secretary of Culture of Mato Grosso. He holds a DMA in Contemporary Music, with an emphasis in Instrumental Performance from Bowling Green State University and a Master's in Music Performance from the University of Miami.

Aclyse de Mattos, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Professor at the Faculty of Communication and Arts at UFMT. Master's degree from ECA-USP and PhD in Communication by PPGCOM at UFMG. Writer and poet with several published books: Assalto a Mão Amada (poems 1985); The Sexphonist (shorts – 1986\2018), Papel Picado (poems 1987), Natal Tropical (children's 1990); Whoever watches the moon a lot goes crazy (poems 2000); Party (poems 2012); Sabiapoca (infant-juvenile 2018); Motosblim – the incredible bicycle ward (infant-juvenile 2019). In addition to participation in compilations and magazines. Member of the Research Group Lugares de arte: linguagens, memorias, fronteiras (DGP / CNPq)/ V!Va, Poesia, of the Multimundos network of researchers, and of the Academia Mato-Grossense de Letras.


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How to Cite

Reis, Célia Maria Domingues da Rocha, José Augusto Duarte Lacerda, and Aclyse de Mattos. 2021. “Variations on a Theme by Rimbaud”. Per Musi, no. 40 (June):1-13.



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