• Adélia Fossati Gnattali, Radamés’ mother dies in Rio de Janeiro.



raizes_“My mother was a housekeeper. She had a hard job, but she has always found a moment to teach us music, all of her children. She was an extraordinary woman”. 




  • “When the maestros meet each other … f… the musicians …”  this is the parody that circulated among the staff and musicians at the PRE-8 Orchestra, concerning one of the greatest broadcasts at the National radio station: Quando os maestros se encontram (When maestros meet up). The photo shows some of the legendary maestros and arrangers at the time; from the left to the right: Alexandre Gnattali, Romeu Ghypsman, Ercole Vareto, Radamés Gnattali and Léo Peracchi.






  • Premiere of Fantasia brasileira n.º 4, from 1953, for trombone, drums and orchestra, by Radamés Gnattali, at the National Radio in the program Quando os Maestros se Encontram, with Valdemar Moura as the trombone soloist.






  • Radamés registers two long-plays, both by Continental: Ernesto Nazareth, with piano and celesta solos, accompanied by string orchestra; Jóias musicais brasileiras, with some of the most beautiful popular songs, such as Rancho fundo (Ary Barroso and Lmartine Babo), Carinhoso (Pixinguinha and João de Barro), Linda flor (Henrique Vogeler and Marques Porto) among the best of them.







  • Continental launches Lp Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro, with songs by Tom Jobim and Billy Blanco, with orchestrations and conducting by Radamés Gnattali.


  • Columbia presents the Quarteto popular, for string quartet, from 1941, by Radamés, interpreted by the National Music Institute String Quartet.



  • Radamés composes:
    • Brasiliana nº 6 (concerto) – for piano and orchestra.
    • Suíte brasileira (danças), for piano, electric guitar, contrabass and drums, with orchestra – transcribed from Brazilian popular suite for electric guitar and piano, from 1953.




  • Published the Revista da Música Popular (Popular music magazine), edited by Lúcio Rangel, with participation of many well-known artists and writers, like Ary Barroso, Sérgio Porto and Manuel Bandeira, among other.


  • The Vera Cruz Cinematography Company finishes its activities.


  • The city of São Paulo commemorates its 400 years.


  • Miss Brazil Martha Rocha goes to Long Beach (California, USA) to participate as one of the favorites in the Miss Universe concourse, loosing her title for “two inches” over the regular measures that she apparently had on her hip.



  • August 5th, the Deputy and journalist Carlos Lacerda suffers an attempted assassination at Tonelero St. in Copacabana; Major Rubens Vaz has been murdered on his place and Lacerda accuses President Vargas to be responsible for it.


  • August 24th, under great pressure caused by Carlos Lacerda accusations and other political conspirators, being forced by the Army and other military forces to renounce, Getúlio Vargas commits suicide in Catete Palace, seat of his federal government.