Ary Barroso

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Born: November 7, 1903; Uba, Brazil   Died: February 9, 1964  
Ary Barroso was the most influential pre-bossa nova composer in Brazil. Barroso's songs were recorded by a lengthy list of artists including Carmen Miranda and Joao Gilberto. His 1939 composition, "Aquarela Do Brazil," better known as "Brazil," was featured in the 1942 Disney film Saludos Amigos, and has gone on to become one of the 20 most recorded songs of all time. His song, "No Baixa De Sapateiro," based on a Brazilian pop tune, was included Read more in the Disney film The Three Caballeros and popularized as "Baia." Barroso's soundtrack for the movie Rio de Janeiro was nominated for an Oscar in 1944. Although he failed to win the Oscar, Barroso was presented a Merit Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences for his work. In 1955, Barroso received the National Order Of Merit, the greatest honor bestowed by the Brazilian government.

Music was only one outlet for Barroso's creativity. A lawyer by training, he balanced his musical career with work as a radio announcer, writer, humorist, reporter, producer, emcee, interviewer and soccer commentator. He was such a fan of the Flamengo soccer club of Rio de Janeiro that he turned down an invitation to move to the United States at the peak of his fame in the 1940s because he didn't want to be so far from the team.

Although Barroso's father, Joao Evangelista, was a well-known poet, guitar player, singer and lawyer, he became an orphan at the age of seven when his parents died and was raised by his grandmother and aunt. At his aunt's insistence, Barroso began studying the piano at the age of ten, practicing a mandatory three hours a day. Within two years, he was playing well that he was hired to accompany silent movies at the local theater. Although he inherited money, at the age of seventeen, when his uncle died, Barroso spent it quickly and was forced to turn to music for an income. In addition to playing piano in cinemas, cabarets and with orchestras, he became involved with musical theater. Joining forces with lyricist Luis Peixoto, Barroso composed more than sixty tunes as well as writing scripts.

Shortly after finishing law school, in 1929, Barroso married the daughter of the boarding house in which he lived. In an attempt to raise In , he entered and won a Carnaval song contest in 1930. Three years later, Barroso hosted the first of many radio shows. Read less
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  • 1.
    De Rio a Rio: Viola da Samba / Balbeisi, Marin, Kleeb
    Label: Quartz Music   Catalog: 2121 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ary Barroso,  Roberto Baden-Powell,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Jean Kleeb  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viola Da Samba
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    Label: Boston Cello Quartet   Catalog: 5638638111 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Paul Desenne,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Cello Quartet
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Light And Latin
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5213 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Ary Barroso,  James Francis McHugh,  Zequinha de Abreu  ... 
    Conductor:  Werner Muller,  Percy Faith,  Paul Weston,  Carmen Dragon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings
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    3 Tenors In Concert 1994 [20th Anniversary] CD+DVD
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633737 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Agustín Lara,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Paul Anka  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  José Carreras,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Brazilian Sentiments / Roncaglio
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5159 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Valdemar Henrique,  Ary Barroso,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Cristian Peix,  Andre Bayer,  Cristiane Roncaglio
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    Label: Milan   Catalog: 36597 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cliff Martinez,  Mark Bell,  Derek Adam,  Ary Barroso  ... 
    Performer:  Bjork,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Stan Getz,  Joao Gilberto  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Ellis
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    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebčne
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    A Tribute To Stanley Black
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473940 Release Date: 04/16/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jerry Bock,  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Ethel Merman,  Stanley Black,  Caterina Valente,  Dickie Valentine
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Jennifer Larmore In Concert
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1236 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ary Barroso,  Victor Herbert  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Palloc,  Jennifer Larmore
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  • 10.
    The Best Of The Three Tenors
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466999 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Helen Guy,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  José Carreras
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126035 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Pixinguinha,  Nenéu Liberalquino,  Luiz Gonzaga  ... 
    Performer:  Nenéu Liberalquino
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    Three Tenors In Concert 1994 / Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti
    Label: Atlantic   Catalog: 82614 Release Date: 08/30/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Helen Guy,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti,  José Carreras
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
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