This book not only concentrates on those styles which have travelled successfully around the globe, but also on styles which have not yet been explored outside of Brazil; styles originated in the East and the Northeast of Brazil. The main sections of the book cover different styles, general characteristics, harmony, rhythm, phrasing, melodic and stylistic considerations, patterns, and hints. The explanations are accompanied by many written and recorded examples. Each presented style is concluded by a complete composition. Also included are an extensive discography and biography, a glossary, as well as numerous photos of Brazilian artists.