Gerard Behague and Everett Helm Latin American Sheet Music Collection


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Brazilian music for voice and piano

Brazilian music for piano

Argentine sheet music

Cuban sheet music

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Collection Overview

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ID: 12/5/44

Primary Creator: Behague, Gerard (November 2, 1937-June 13, 2005)

Other Creators: Helm, Everett (July 17, 1913 - June 25, 1999)

Extent: 1.25 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into four series: Series 1: Brazilian music for voice and piano. Series 2: Brazilian music for piano. Series 3: Argentine Music. Series 4: Cuban Music. All music arranged alphabetically by the composer's last name.

Date Acquired: 04/23/1974

Subjects: Folk music, National Music

Formats/Genres: Sheet music

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish;Castilian, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of Brazilian sheet music from the period, ca. 1915-1945, many pieces bearing the stamp "Almirante" indicating the collection was originally amassed by Henrique F.D. Almirante (b. 1908), Brazilian singer, composer, scholar and collector active professionally in the 1930s-1950s. Publications from Casa Napoleao predominate. Consists largely of popular piano music or voice and piano editions, but also includes several works for violin and a few manuscript items. Includes dance music of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as works connected with Carnival festivities.

Also contains popular Argentine sheet music from the same time period, as well as popular Cuban sheet music from the 1960s.

Brazilian and Argentine collection acquired by Everett Helm sometime in the 1950s. Provenance of Cuban sheet music is unknown. Purchased by the University of Illinois Library from Tulane University's Inter-American Center for Musical Research in the late 1960s by librarian William M. McClellan, under the advice of ethnomusicologist Gerard Behague for Behague to use the collection for his research into the history of Brazilian Music. Only a portion of the Helm collection was acquired by the library to meet Behague's research needs.

Biographical Note

Gerard Behague (1937-2005) was born in Montpellier, France and spent his childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Behague earned a diploma in piano performance and composition from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music in 1959. This was followed by a masters degree in musicology from the University of Paris in 1962. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology from Tulane University in 1966, where he studied with Gilbert Chase. While at Tulane, Behague also worked in the Inter-American Institute for Musical research.

Professor Behague began his career as a musicologist in 1966 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here he taught music history, American music, and Latin American music. Gradually, his research interests shifted toward ethnomusicology. In 1974, Behague became a professor of musicology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he would remain until his death in 2005. Two of his most notable students at the University of Texas were Tom Turino and Donna Buchanan.

From 1969-1977, he served as associate editor of the Yearbook for Inter-American Musical Research, and from 1974-78, he was editor of the journal Ethnomusicology. In 1980 he founded and subsequently edited the Latin American Music Review, a journal that provides a unique forum for academics from all of the Americas to publish in three languages. He was president of the Society for Ethnomusicology (1979-1981) and served on the board of directors of several professional associations.

Behague was particularly well known for his research on the music of Brazil, which he studied both as a music historian and as an ethnomusicologist. Among the books he wrote were his textbook, Music in Latin America: An Introduction (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1979), and Heitor Villa-Lobos: The Search for Brazil's Musical Soul (Austin, TX.: ILAS Monographs, UT Press, 1994).

Subject/Index Terms

Folk music
National Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Tulane University Library

Acquisition Method: Collected first by Brazilian composer Almirante. Everett Helm then collected part of the collection from Almirante and built upon it through his own acquisitions. Deposited at Tulane University during the 1960s. Purchased by the University of Illinois Music Library, under the appeal of Gerard Behague in 1974 as Tulane University's Inter-American Center for Music Research had gone defunct and it was terminating its accompanying musicology library. Only a portion of Helm's collection was acquired by UIUC.  The collection was transferred to the Sousa Archives sometime after 2012.

Related Materials: Everett Helm Manuscripts at the University of Indiana, Bloomington For more information please see

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Adolfo R. Avilés (lyrics by Enrique P. Maroni), Cicatrices : Tango Cancion;

Enrique S. Discépolo, Esta Noche Me Emborracho;

Edgardo Donato (lyrics by F. Bastardi), Oiga! : Tango Callejero;

Lina Pesce and Giacomo Pesce (arr. By Paulo Fontes), Duerme, Alma Mia : Bolero;

Francisco Canaro (lyrics by J. González Castillo, L.C. Amadori  y A. Botta, La Marcha Cordial : Marcha;

Alfredo Barbirolli, Fremito damore (Fremissement damour) : Valse lente;

Strauss, Landes-farben : Walzer, op. 232;

Emil Waldteuful, Lune de Miel (Flitterwochen) : Walzer, op. 205;

Eduardo Bianco, Plegaria! : Tango-Canción;

Delfin R. Asercion, To You Dear : Characteristic Rag;

Roulien, Muchacho de Oro : Super-Tango, Adiós mis farras! ...  : Tango Argentino, Bibelot (Amor...Sin Amor!...) : Tango Argentio;

Ricardo Gaudenzio, El Chupete : Tango;

Samuel Castriota (lyrics by P. Contursi), Mí Noche Triste (Lita) : Tango;

Mario Ruíz Armengol, Estoy Enamorado : Bolero 1942;

Francisco Canaro (lyrics by Ivo Pelay), Yo No Se Porque Te Quiero : Tango;

Chueco Y Valverde, La Gran Via : Zarzuela;

Carlos Gardel (lyrics by Alfredo le Pera), Amargura : Tango;

Vinicio Ascone (lyrics by Hector Loirolo), Es Mio Tu Corazon : Rumba 1938;

Ernesto D. Casciana (lyrics by Natalio Krasñanski), Mano Amiga : Tango 1937;

Cátulo Castillo (lyrics by J. Gonzalez Castillo), Nidito de Hornero : Vals Criollo 1938;

Quiroga (lyrics by Valverde y Leon), Ojos Verdes : Zambra Cancion 1938;

Hector Varela (lyrics by Luis Caruso), Lilian : Tango 1944;

A.  Aiello (lyrics by A.J. Rodriguez Bustamante), Allregres Muchachas : Polka 1938;

Bartolomé Villa (lyrics by José Fernandez), La Milonga de Los Guapos : Milonga 1938;

Roberto Firpo, Milonga del 38 1938;

R. Zerrillo y Juan C. Howard (lyrics by Manuel A. Meaños), Milonga de Arrabal;

Alberto Soifer (lyrics by Manuel Romero), Milonga Criollo;

José Pécora y Germán R. Teisseire (lyrics by Celedonio Esteban Flores), La de Todas Las Tardes : Milonga Tangueada 1938;

Enrique Delfino (Delfy) (lyrics by Leon Alberti), Yo Quiero Un Mujer Desnuda ;

José Basso, Galván y Bahr, Me Estan Sobrando las Penas : Tango 1944;

Virgilio Expósito (lyrics by Homero Expósito), Naranjo en Flor : Tango 1944;

Manuel Sucher (lyrics by Carlos Bahr), Nada más que un corazón : Tango 1944;

Federico Leone (lyrics by Enrique Dizeo), Más solo que nunca : Tango 1944;

José Triste (lyrics by Sandalio Gomez), Rancheriando : Ranchera 1939;

Alberto Soifer (lyrics by Manuel Romero), Queja de Amor;

Antonio Sureda (lyrics by Gerónimo Sureda), Quereme un Poquito (Deja que Digan) : Ranchera;

Enrique S. Discépolo (lyrics by Discépolo y Amadori), Tu Sombra : Vals;

Andres R. Domenech (lyrics by J. Fernandez Blanco), Pasional : Vals 1937;

Carlos Gardel (lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera), Cuesta Abajo : Tango-Canción 1934;

A. Rosendo, Reina de Saba : Tango;

Alberto Soifer (lyrics by Manuel Romero), La Ribera : Tango-Canción;

Torres-Alperi (lyrics by Virgilio San Clemente), Rie, Corazon : Canción Rusa;

F. Sesta (lyrics by J. Clauso), Tatunga!! : Serenata Negra Milongueada 1938;

Prudencio Aragon, El Talar : Tango Criollo 1937;

José Felipetti, Todo A 20 (Cualquier Cosa a 20) : Tango 1938;

Alberto Soifer (lyrics by Manuel Romero), Siempre Unidos : Tango;

Miguel Padula (lyrics by José Fernandez), Señorita!! Me Permite : Milonga 1939;

José F. Traviglia (lyrics by Benito R. Atella), Serenata Criolla : Vals Canción 1938;

Ascanio E. Donato (lyrics by Sandalio Gomez), Sim Rumbo : Tango: 1938;

Angel Pastore, Viaje a Europa : Tango Criollo;

Rafael Jose Velich, Ansiedad : Vals 1939

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