• Radamés Gnattali wins the Estácio de Sá Award, in 1979, for his services to the Brazilian Music, offered by the Board of Directors of the Museu da Imagem e do Som (Image and Sound Museum).


O Globo (RJ) > Estácio e Golfinho 1979 saíram para quem merece. By Sérgio Cabral



  • To attend the mandolinist Joel Nascimento’s request, Radamés makes a transcription of the orchestra scores of his composition Retratos (Portraits,1956) into a regional string choro ensemble. The interpretation of Joel and the young musicians touring with them was so astonishing that it has inspired the maestro into a new stage in his career life, but, unfortunately the last one as composer, arranger and pianist. The new ensemble Camerata Carioca comes up [1].






Jornal do Brasil (RJ) >
Um sarau para Radamés.
by Mara Cabalero





Retratos – for mandolin soloist, cavaquinho, 2 guitar, 7 string guitar, pandeiro
I – Pixinguinha (excerpt)
Camerata Carioca
Joel Nascimento, mandolin soloist
WEA – M990232-2 (1994)



  • Sala Funarte presents in Rio de Janeiro, from October 24th to November 03rd, the spectacle Tributo a Jacob do Bandolim, directed by Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, with Radamés Gnattali (piano, composition and arrangements) Joel Nascimento (mandolin) and the new group Camerata Carioca. On December 13th and 14th, the spectacle is peformed at Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador (BA), for a short season[2].


O Globo (RJ) > Tributo a Jacob do Bandolim. By Antônio Chrysóstomo



  • WEA Records presents the long-play Tributo a Jacob do Bandolim, in 1979, presenting the mandolinist Joel Nascimento, with Radamés Gnattali and the new chamber group Camerata Carioca[5]. Besides the music of their dear friend Jacob, they also interpreted the Retratos[6], by Radamés, with a new version for regional choro ensemble, dedicated to Joel.


  • Funarte/INM presents the long-play Quinteto Villa-Lobos [2], featuring a variety of Brazilian composers and including the Suite for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, from 1971, by Radamés Gnattali.


  • The pianist Arthur Moreira Lima records the long-play A grande música de Noel Rosa, by Continental Records, interpreting the Concerto de Noel Rosa, for piano and orchestra, from 1978, composed and conducted by Radamés Gnattali.


  • Som Livre Records presents the long-play Iberê Gomes Grosso – Homenagem, where the great virtuose interprets the Sonata for cello and guitar (1969), by Radamés Gnattali, guitar solo by Nelson de Macedo, who also signs the recording production.




  • Radamés composes:
    • Concerto Carioca n° 2 for two guitars and orchestra, from the original score for piano, contrabass, drums and orchestra, from 1964. Transcription dedicated to Duo Assad.
    • Retratos for mandolim solo, cavaquinho, two guitars, seven stringed guitar and pandeiro (version for regional choro ensemble, without orchestra).




  • Dies, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), the composer and broadcaster Haroldo Barbosa, one of the most brilliant minds of the so-called “golden era of radio”, in the 1940s / 50s, alongside Almirante, José Mauro, Paulo Tapajós and Radamés Gnattali.




  • Beginning of the government of the last president of the Brazilian military dictatorship, General João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo. The Amnesty Law is sanctioned and several political exiles return to the country.




  • [1] Please consult the Glossary for further information.
  • [2] At the time, the quintet had the following formation: Carlos Rato (flute), Ricardo Rodrigues Silva (oboe), Paulo Sérgio Santos (clarinet), Carlos Gomes de Oliveira (horn) and Airton Barbosa (bassoon).
  • [3] Leonel Brizola, Miguel Arraes, Fernando Gabeira, Herbet de Souza (Betinho) and Márcio Moreira Alves, among others, return to Brazil after a period of political exile.