1959

  • Radamés receives the title of Citizen of Rio de Janeiro, in a plenary session of the Chamber of the Federal District on October 29, 1959.

 

 

Títumo de Cidadão Carioca

 

 

  • In July, the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro promotes a Radamés Gnattali Festival with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra). The program features the premiere of Concerto for harp and string orchestra, from 1957, performed by the harp player Gianni Fumagalli, the Brasiliana nº 3 (symphony) for orchestra, from 1948, and the Concerto nº 1 for violin and orchestra, from 1947, with violin solo by Anselmo Zlatopolsky and conducted by Radamés.

 

 

 

Concerto para harpa e orquestra de cordas
I – Allegro (excerpt)
Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira
Gianni Fumagalli, harp
Radamés Gnattali, regente
(Festa Irineu Garcia – IG – 1007)

 

  • Selo Festa – Irineu Garcia,  presents three long-plays by Radamés:
    – Dois concertos de Radamés Gnattali : Concerto for harp and string orchestra, performed by harpist G. Fumagalli  ; Concerto nº 1 for violin and orchestra, performed by violinist Anselmo Zlatopolsky. Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, regency by the author. 
    – Radamés GnattaliConcerto for harmonica and orchestra, performed by harmonicist Eduardo Nadruz (Edu da Gaita) and Brasiliana nº 3 (symphony) for orchestgra. Orquestra Sinfônica Brasiliera, regency by the author.
    – Villa-Lobos / Radamés Gnattali, presenting the duet Iberê Gomes Grosso (cello) and Radamés (piano) : Sonata nº 2, by Villa-Lobos ; Sonata nº 1 (1935) and Flor da noite (1938), both by Radamés.

 

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Iberê Gomes Grosso and Radamés Gnattali.

 

  • Dies in Rio de Janeiro (Capital of Rio de Janeiro State, RJ), at 72 years old, the composer of the famous  Bachianas Brasileiras, the instrumentalist and maestro Heitor Villa-Lobos, fouding member and Chair nº1 of Brazilian Music Academy (ABM), who conseives and offers to him a post-mortem, in 1967, the title “ Great Merit , unique and exceptional”.

 

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Villa-Lobos and Gnattali  Photo: MIS collection.

 

  • Radamés composes:
    • Carioca (choro) for alto saxophone and piano, with eletric guitar, drums and contrabass (score not found).
    • Devaneio (fox) for alto saxophone and piano, with eletric guitar, drums and contrabass.
    • Insistência (Sempre a sonhar) for alto saxophone and piano, with eletric guitar, drums and contrabass.
    • Monotonia (samba-canção) for alto saxophone and piano, with eltric guitar and contrabass.
    • Nostalgia (valsa) for alto saxophone and piano, with eltric guitar and contrabass (score not found).
    • Noturnos for string orchestra and piano (from original Quatro noturnos for string quartet and piano, from 1958)
    • Penumbra (fox) for alto saxophone and piano, with guitar, drumms and contrabass (score not found).
    • Poema nº 2 for violin and orchestra, dedicated to Anselmo Zlatopolsky.
    • Romance (samba-canção) for alto saxophone and piano, with guitar, drums and contrabass (score not found).
    • Sonatina for flute and guitar (or piano) [1]
    • Valsa, samba-canção e choro for violin with two guitars, pandeiro and string orchestra, dedicated to the violinist Irany Pinto.
    • Valsa triste for alto saxophone, piano and contrabass.

 

 

 

  • Odeon presents Chega de Saudade, the first record by João Gilberto, arrangements and musical direction by Tom Jobim, considered to be one of the legends in the beginning of bossa nova.

 

  • The composer Carola returns to his artistic life, after 15 years, through the journalist Sérgio Porto.

 

  • January 1st, the victorious Cuban Revolution assumes the government, leaded by Fidel Castro.

 

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[1] Later, during the eighties, Radamés has written a new piano score dedicated to the duet Norton Morozowicz (flute) and Laiz Souza Brasil (piano).