Noite Branca

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When my brother-in-law Robson Santiago sent me the lyrics of "Noite Branca," I immediately heard a modinha in those words. As I began composing, I made some changes to the lyrics, including a new section that created an ABA form. Marcella and Henrique brought the music beautifully to life, including his improvised interlude and embellished harmonies.

lyrics

Noite Branca
music by Fernando Brandão
lyrics by Robson Santiago & Fernando Brandão

Dorme o luar
sob a noite branca
que esconde o sol
sob o tempo
que já não passa 
no meu portão

Ah, se eu fosse o Tempo
eu buscava o Vento
para lhe soprar 
as lembranças
do velho encanto
seu sorriso, um manto
que o frio 
levou

Quero te ver na luz do luar
iluminando mares e rios
Te aquecer, beber do teu vinho
nesta noite fria
é o que mais preciso

E ainda vejo
a estrela cadente
que com seus olhos
você desenhou
um brilho tão claro
que me despertou
e lhe assustou

Dorme a esperança
Sob a noite frágil
abriga o querer
guardada no tempo
silente à espera
do teu coração

Ah, se eu fosse o Tempo
eu buscava o Vento
para lhe soprar
as lembranças 
do velho encanto 
e este acalanto
que em mim
ficou

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White Night
music by Fernando Brandão
lyrics by Robson Santiago & Fernando Brandão

Moonlight sleeps
beneath the white night
that hides the sun
beneath Time
which does not pass by  
my gate anymore

Ah, if I were Time
I would search for the Wind
to whisper to you memories
of the ancient enchantment
Your smile, a cloak
that the cold
took away

I want to see you in the moonlight
illuminating seas and rivers
I want to warm you up, drink from your wine
On this cold night
It is what I need the most

I can still see
the shooting star
that you drew
with your eyes
A spark so bright
it woke me up
and scared you away

Hope sleeps
beneath the fragile night
it shelters love
kept away by Time
silently waiting
for your heart

Ah, if I were Time
I would search for the Wind
to whisper memories to you 
of the ancient enchantment
and this lullaby
that abides in me

credits

from Sem Tradução, released September 30, 2015
Marcella Camargo Silva - voice
Henrique Eisenmann - piano

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Fernando Brandao Boston, Massachusetts

Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He leads the Fernando Brandão Ensemble, which has recently been featured at the First Cambridge Jazz Festival and the Isabella Gardner Museum. Mr. Brandão is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston. ... more

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