Friday, 2 December 2011

Portugal - Fado 2011


In the year in which we celebrate the application to include Fado in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, this philatelic issue reiterates the collective celebration of Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon, its deep rooting in the tradition and cultural history of Portugal, its role in the affirmation of our cultural identity, in short its importance as a source of inspiration and intercultural exchange between people and communities.

A live tradition that has deep roots and a structuring presence in Portugal’s socio-cultural history, Fado has, since its genesis in the 19th Century, succeeded in taking in various poetical, musical, cultural and technological influences, outlining a trajectory of gradual consecration and crossing all the boundaries that it was initially subject to: Having definitively conquered erudite poetry, Fado was mediatised in the 20th Century by the careers of Amália Rodrigues and Carlos do Carmo, having assumed a leading role in the most important theatres around the world. Dialoguing openly with other musical genres, its most emblematic performers are today true ambassadors of our culture. Over the last decades, the academia has consolidated Fado as a field of scientific studies of undisputed legitimacy.

Structured according to an exhaustive safeguard plan that advertises the strategic cooperation of the major Portuguese archives and museums, abreast with different generations of performers and creators – singers, musicians, instrument makers, authors, composers – universities, performing spaces for both amateurs and professionals, music editors and the media, the candidature became a collective endeavour to celebrate this live tradition, in which we recognize ourselves and from which we always rediscover ourselves.

Heir of a close to two centuries old temporal dimension, Fado continues to this day to construct and recreate itself, in the singular encounter between time, music and words, where its creators play a leading role, much to our fascination.

In this first philatelic edition that celebrates Fado’s Application for inclusion in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, we pay homage to some of the 20th Century’s great Masters of Fado. Alfredo Marceneiro, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Hermínia Silva, Carlos Ramos, Amália Rodrigues and Carlos do Carmo. It was in their art that the alchemy that transmuted a matchless musical expression into a universal heritage took place over the 20th Century. in

Issue date: 2011-10-03

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