The "Baladas de Praia" is a serie of pieces inspired by tropical coastal landscapes. According to
Carelli, the inspiration came when, visiting a remote beach far
from urban Rio de Janeiro area, in 1987, he felt "an
unspeakable peace in the sunset in
a wide empty beach, listening the calm waves lapping the shore, felling the warm sea breeze
on the face..."
The first Beach Ballad
is a song for voice
and piano composed by Roberto Carelli in 1988. After some years,
Carelli wrote lyrics in portuguese, adding to the song the
subtitle "Nas ondas do Mar" (On the
sea waves). Melody, harmony and rhythm evoke the composer's
fellings on that bucolic beach scenes.
Watch below some
performances of Balada de Praia No.1, recorded live in