The most Brazilian of Brazilians
The short history of Brazilian popular music is strewn with the names of illustrious songwriters. Few shine as brightly as Ary Barrosos.
The first samba composer to attain international fame, Ary Barroso was a hitmaker extraordinaire. During the 1930s he wrote many of Carmen Mirandas best-known vehicles. His hundreds of sambas, sambas-canções, and ballads have endured beyond his lifetime and are as compellingly delightful today as they were fifty years ago.
Ary Barroso invented a new genre of song (later baptized as samba-exaltação) one memorable night in 1939, when he sat at the piano and created what may very well be the planets most recognizable tune: Aquarela do Brasilknown the world over as simply Brazil (see lyrics in Portuguese and in English and Spanish).
In this site youll find the discography of Aquarela do Brasil, beginning with its first recording in 1939. The composers other million-air song, Na Baixa do Sapateiro (aka Bahia or Baíasee lyrics), is likewise covered.
But these two songs barely scratch the surface; we have assembled here the lyrics to many of Ary Barrosos songs, from the well-known to the relatively obscure.
And just as Aquarela and Baixa alone cant define this songwriters musical output, songwriting was but a facet of this fascinating mans life. A lawyer by training, Ary Barroso possessed many talents and practiced them all: radio announcer, writer, humorist, reporter, producer, piano player, star maker, master of ceremonies, TV show host, interviewer, soccer commentator, narrator, and politician. An ardent fan of the Rio soccer club Flamengo, he rejected a Hollywood career to be near his favorite team.
The highlights of Ary Barrosos colorful life are recounted in our Life & Times page. An expanded accounting is provided in Arthur de Farias article ExtraordinAry, published in the July 1997 issue of Brazzil magazine. Lesser known episodes in the composers life and work are revealed in Stories of Ary.
Many additional articles and the most extensive discography of Ary Barrosos work on the Web can be found in Daniella Thompsons Ary Barroso Discography.
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