The chôro in Brazilian Guitar Music, Language & Culture Posted August 20, 2007 · Report reply Hi Art, Welcome! Choro is Portuguese for cry (English) or lloro (Spanish). There's a certain controversy about why the musical style got that name. Some people say that some melodies were so sad that they would make people cry (chorar). Others say that the fast, improvised pieces would be so hard on some musicians that they would burst in tears (again, chorar or llorar) if they weren't able to keep up. Anyway, both explanations make sense, as choros can be either extremely fast and happy or profoundly melancholic and sentimental!