1925, Radamés, first on the left, on his knees, playing guitar at a choro ensemble. On the photograph, a presentation at Tristeza neighborhood in Porto Alegre.
In order to make his living in a big city like Rio de Janeiro, Radamés had to lay hold of all his musical talent. Saying he only approached the popular music after coming to Rio would be a mistake though. It came from his experiences along with his fellows in Porto Alegre, where the sounds of popular music already pulsed out of their stringed instruments. On the photograph, Radamés at the right, plays cavaquinho*. * See Glossary
Radamés Gnattali with the Camerata Carioca.Radamés ladeado pelos músicos da Camerata Carioca. Em pé, a partir da esquerda, Luiz Otávio Braga (violão 7 cordas), Beto Cazes (percussão) e Henrique Cazes (cavaquinho). Sentados, Joel Nascimento (bandolim), João Pedro Borges (violão), Radamés Gnattali (piano e arranjos) e Mauricio Carrilho (violão).
Radamés in rehearsal with Os Cariocas at the National Radio studio, in the fifties. Next to Radamés, there is Badeco (Emanuel Barbosa Furtado) and then Waldir Prado Viviani, Ismael Neto (Severino’s brother), Severino Filho and Quartera (Jorge Quartarone).Radamés e o grupo vocal Os Cariocas, na Rádio Nacional, na década de 1950. A partir de Radamés, ao piano, vê-se Badeco (Emanoel Barbosa Furtado), Waldir Prado Viviani, Ismael Neto (irmão de Severino), Severino Filho e Quartera (Jorge Quartarone).
Photo: MIS collectionRadamés and guitarist Laurindo de Almeida, in the mid-1940s.
Photo: MIS collectionFrom the left, Radamés, the singer and composer Silvio Caldas, the singer Dolores Duran. On the guitar, the composer Valzinho.
Photo: MIS collectionRadamés (left) and Dilermando Reis (1916-1977). Dedicated to guitarist Juan Antonio Mercadal (Cuba, 1925-1998, USA), Radamés' Concerto nº 1 for guitar and orchestra was recorded by Dilermando Reis in 1975.
Radamés and Pixinguinha.Photo: private Radamés Gnattali collection.
As of 1930, out of their abondant experience and talent, Radamés and Pixinguinha have built up an important chapter of modern Brazilian popular music orchestration. Photo: Arquivo MIS
Information source: Barão do Pandeiro (Via Oscar Bolão and Marcílio Lopes). Photo: MIS collection.1º Velha Guarda Festival, São Paulo, 1954. Photo taken by Jacob do Bandolim. From left to right, Caldeira (afoxé), Pixinguinha, Radamés and João da Baiana.
Photo: MIS collection1956 - Radamés and Jacob do Bandolim (Jacob Pick Bittencout)
In the photo: Garoto, guitar; Billy Blanco, pandeiro; Radamés, flute; Chiquinho, accordion. Photo: private collection Radamés Gnattali.'I've always loved the flute. I was at the farm playing, and Garoto was accompanying me. I was the worst flutist, with the best guitarist.
Chiquinho in the accordion and Radamés playing an 'reco-reco'.
Porto Alegre, without date indication.In Porto Alegre (RS), meeting friends. from left, Carlos Barone, Radamés, conductor and teacher Salvador Campanella, an unidentified friend. Source of information: Arthur de Faria, composer and pianist
'Quando os maestros se encontram' (When maestros meet up), one of the greatest broadcasts at the National radio station. The photograph 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.
Photo: private Radamés Gnattali collection.Photo dedicated to Radamés by the famous brazilian luthier: “To Radamés, the master of all masters. With all my respect, Romeo Di Giorgio, São Paulo, March 25, 1953'.
Radamés (center), between Jacob do Bandolim (left) and the poet and theater director Paschoal Carlos Magno.Photo: MIS collection
Foto: MIS collection1956. 50th anniversary party for Radamés and 20 years for Rádio Nacional. In the photo, from left to right, conductors Chiquinho and Ércole Varetto, percussionist Luciano Perrone, conductor Radamés Gnattali, conductor Léo Peracchi, violinist Romeu Ghipsman.
The violinist Romeu Ghypsman, in the name of all musicians, friends and the radio staff, has given Radamés his 50th birthday present. Very significant moment, as Romeu had brought Radamés to the radio in 1936.Rio de Janeiro, 1956.
Foto: private Radamés Gnattali collectionPhoto dedicated to Radamés by Edu da Gaita in recognition of the composition of Concertino nº 1 for harmonica and orchestra, performed, in the first world hearing, by Edu with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, in 1958. 'Radamés, the words are few and limited to express the recognition I owe you for the honor you have given me by writing the 'concertino' for my harmonica. Here is Edu's big and sincere hug. Rio, 8/13/957 ’.
The 'Concerto para acordeom e orquestra de cordas', from 1977 (Concert for accordion and string orchestra), by Radamés, dedicated to his great friend Chiquinho, summit of over thirty years of a long, sincere and fruitful collaboration. Photo: Wilton Montenegro
Caymmi states: “Radamés has a very rich life !” – and he answers back: “ Yeah, a fortune of musical tunes!"”
Radamés Gnattali and Tom Jobim record the choro 'Meu amigo Radamés', by Tom, in 1985.
0Photo: Wilton Montenegro Radamés and the guitar player Raphael Rabello.