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Ernesto Nazareth


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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1863 – 1934)

Ernesto Júlio de Nazareth was a Brazilian composer and pianist, especially noted for his creative compositions. Influenced by African rhythms and many musical styles like the Lundu and the Choro, he never fully accepted this influence, refusing to give popular names to his compositions. A musician of classical training, he classified his music as “Brazilian tangos”, since the Argentine tango and polka dances were considered fashionable at the time. His piano repertoire is now part of the teaching programs of both classical and popular styles, as Nazareth once served at the boundary between these two worlds.

Ernesto Nazareth was born in march 20, 1863, in Rio de Janeiro, one of five children. His mother, Carolina da Cunha gave him his first piano lessons. At the age of ten, after his mother’s death, he continued his piano studies with Eduardo Moreira and Charles Lucien Lambert.

Strongly influenced by Frédéric Chopin, Nazareth published his first composition “Você Bem Sabe” (1877), at age 14. At this time, he began his professional career playing in cafes, balls, society parties and in the waiting rooms of movie theaters. In 1893, Casa Vieira Machado published his famous tango “Brejeiro”.

In 1879, he wrote his first tango “Cruz, perigo!”. In 1880, at the age of 17, he made his first public appearance at the Mozart Club. The following year, he composed the tango “Não caio n’outra!”, his first great success, with several reprints. In 1885, he performed in concerts in different clubs of the court.


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    bom demais

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
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    Onde encontra-se músicas dele para escutar? Fiquei curioso para conhecer suas músicas :)

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
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    24 May 2012 Reply
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  • rosmaritbrum

    Mais um brasileiro fazendo sucesso..............muito bom................

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • BeterrabaU2

    Odeon é uma das mais lindas que eu já ouvi na minha vida.

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • fx99

    Linda, não ?

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • LeakingBleacher

    It's a shame that the best sound quality that I was able to find for the songs is on Disney promo material. I can't think about it without a dancing Aracuan.

    20 Jul 2007 Reply
  • LeakingBleacher

    Seriously, your music has a lot of charm, keep it up.

    17 Jul 2007 Reply

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