• After the death of maestro Alexandre Gnattali, in 1942, his wife Adélia and their children, Aída, Alexandre and Maria Terezinha, left Porto Alegre and moved, definitively, to Rio de Janeiro


  • On January 6, at 9:35 pm, Rádio Nacional starts  one of the most famous broadcasts called Um milhão de Melodias (A Million Melodies), sponsored by Coca-Cola Refrescos S.A. [1], with live orchestra, arranged and conducted by Radamés Gnattali. Created to promote the new soft drink in Brazil the program was a great success, presented by Almirante remaining on the air for 14 years. To fit the diversified repertoire, Radamés enlarges the orchestra formation, completing the woodwind and brass instruments, saxophones, the arch stringed instruments and yet introducing an harp, celesta and timpani. To sustain that amazing rhythmic-harmonic basis, he played himself the piano and he had a heavy percussion and a complete choro ensemble [2].


Rehearsal of Um Milhião de Melodias.





Opening of Um Milhão de Melodias  (prefix by Radamés Gnattali)


  • The pianist Arnaldo Estrela wins the Columbia Concerts and the awards featured a tour around the United States performing with the best American orchestras in Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia.  The repertoire included the Concerto nº 2 for piano and orchestra, from 1936, by Radamés Gnattali. In Philadelphia, the concert was conducted by the famous Maestro Eugene Ormandy, who dedicated a few words to Radamés on top of score sheet: “For Mr. Gnattali, with admiration for this excellent concerto.” 




  • Radamés moves from Victor Records after ten years of good cooperation onto Continental Records, recently founded, and registers his new choro sings Remexendo and Assim é melhor, with a saxophone quartet, formed by Zacarias, Quincas, Coruja and Sandoval.


  • At the same year, Victor Records presents the choro song Tristonho and the waltz Entardecer, by Radamés, performed by their orchestra, the Orquestra Típica Victor.




  • Radamés composes:
    • Canadiana, para grande orquestra (for grand orchestra) – on Canadian folk themes, in honor of his friend, the painter Jan Zach.
    • Quarteto nº 2, para 2 violinos, viola e violoncelo (for string quartet) – dedicated to Mina, his first wife’s nickname.


  • Born in São Luiz (MA) the guitar player Turíbio Santos (Turíbio Soares Santos) to whom Radamés has dedicated the first of the Estudos para violão (Studies for guitar), from 1967, Brasiliana nº 13 for guitar, from 1983, and Pequena suíte para violão (Small suite for guitar), from 1985.


  • The pianist and composer Rachmaninoff (Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff) dies in Beverly Hills ( USA); together with Ravel and Bela Bartók, one of the three Radamés’ favorite composers in the 20th century.



  •  Première of Vestido de Noiva (The bride’s dress), theater play by Nelson Rodrigues, an outstanding production in the history of Brazilian modern theater history.


  • Brazil consolidates its Laboring Laws (CLT) and regulations for working agreements between employer and employee.




  • [1] Source: Hemeroteca da Biblioteca Nacional – A NoiteJanuary 6th 1943  (ver 1937, notas 1 e 2)
  • [2] The rhythmic-harmonic basis of Radamés’ Orchestra at the National Radio was formed by José Menezes, Garoto and Bola Sete, (cavaquinho and two guitars), Pedro Vidal Ramos (contrabass), Luciano Perrone (drums and timpani), João da Baiana  and  Heitor dos Prazeres (pandeiro) and Bide (ganzá).