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date: 15 August 2020

Rosa, Noel (de Medeiros )locked

  • Gerard Béhague

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(de Medeiros )

(b Rio de Janeiro, Dec 11, 1910; d Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 1937). Brazilian composer and singer. Mostly self-taught, he began playing the mandolin at the age of 13, then the guitar, which he learned from his father and friends. By 1925 he was playing at local events. He joined the Bando de Tangarás, which included the important popular musicians João de Barro, Almirante, and Alvino and Henrique Brito, and which made its first recording in 1929. In the same year Rosa composed his first pieces, but it was in 1930 that his unique style was revealed in the samba Com que roupa? From 1931 to the end of his life he dedicated himself almost exclusively to the composition of urban sambas, expressing in the colloquial ‘carioca’ language of the period the psychological traits and behavioural customs and feelings of the lower middle class in Rio, including the figure of the ...

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