Pixinguinha, his life and work was published in 1997, year of Pixinguinha’s 100th birthday. It is the most complete biography ever written on this composer, musician, orchestrator and conductor. The book is complete with a discography that begins with the subject’s first recordings in 1911, when 78-rpm albums had one recorded side only, and ends with the CDs released in celebration of the great musician’s centennial.
Pixinguinha, his life and work, sponsored by Copene Petroquímica do Nordeste, originated in 1977, when Funarte launched a writing contest focusing on the great names of Brazilian popular music and chose Pixinguinha as the first notable of the series. A jury picked Sérgio Cabral’s work and Funarte published it the very next year. It sold out within a few months and its second edition came out two years later through Editora Lumiar and sold out once again. Besides adding new text to the previous edition, Sérgio Cabral expanded the book with photographs and documents, some of which had never been published before. The edition got special treatment from graphic designer Felipe Taborda, who also did the book’s cover. The reader will find programs and flyers of Pixinguinha’s shows that go as far back as 1919, including his visit to Paris in 1922. Furthermore, the book includes official documents, such as his baptism certificate, which was decisive in clearing a misunderstanding related to the musician’s year of birth.