• The Sexteto Radamés Gnattali (Radamés Gnattali Sextet) leaves on a tour to Europe, during the III Official Caravan for Brazilian Popular Music [1].  


  • Radamés Gnattali Sextet: in the photo below, at the piano, Radamés, the ensemble’s leader and arranger; his sister Aída Gnattali (second piano), José Menezes (electric guitar) and Edu da Gaita, as a special participation on this tour. In the background, from the left to the right: Pedro Vidal (contrabass), Luciano Perrone (drums) and Chiquinho do Acordeom (accordion). At the end, the composer Luiz Bandeira, invited to participate in the caravan as a singer. The playwright Joraci Camargo (1898-1973), who accompanied the group as a screenwriter and master of ceremonies, is not in the photo. The author of the play ‘Deus lhe pague” had the function, during the concerts, to lead the European listener to understand certain characteristics of Brazilian popular music, without didacticism, but interesting and punctual texts.






Diário da Manhã (Lisbon, Portugal)



  • The program Ondas e Estrelas (a partnership between Rádio Nacional and TV Rio – channel 13), broadcasts directly from Sala Leopoldo Miguês, from the UFRJ National School of Music, a concert by the Rádio Nacional Symphony Orchestra. In the program, two works by Radamés Gnattali: the ballet O Negrinho do Pastoreio, for orchestra, conducted by the author, and Brasiliana nº 6concert for piano and orchestra, conducted by Ercole Varetto, with Radamés as soloist. (Source: Diário Carioca, RJ, 01/24/1960).


  • Continental presents the long-play Segredo para dois, com orquestra e coro (Secret for two, for choir and orchestra), featuring a collection of famous Brazilian popular songs.


  • Odeon presents the long-play Radamés na Europa, com seu Sexteto e Edu – volume 1 (Radamés Sextet in Europe with Edu – volume 1)



elepê Radamés na Europa, com seu Sexteto e Edu - vol.1.





  • Radamés composes:
    • Brasiliana nº 9,  for cello and orchestra, dedicated to Paulo Santos.
    • O negrinho do pastoreio  (bailado), for orchestra [2] 
    • Sonatina coreográfica (quatro movimentos dançantes),  for two pianos (from original for piano solo, from 1950)
    • Sonatina for flute and string orchestra  – transcription of Sonatina for flute and guitar (or piano), from 1959 [3].
    • Três movimentos,  for small orchestra.




  • Premiere of the theater play A mais valia vai acabar seu Edgar at Teatro de Arena, at the Architecture University, by Oduvaldo Vianna Filho, music set by Carlos Lyra. A mouvement of “protesting” songs breaks out, with lyrics solemnly protesting about social and economic events.


  • The Federal government pays homage to the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and his wife, the writer Simone de Beauvoir during their visit to Brazil.


  •  On April 21st, Brasilia, the new Federal capital is inaugurated. The former Federal district, Rio de Janeiro, becomes a new state in the federation and is called Guanabara State.


  • Jânio da Silva Quadros, supported by a colligation of conservative political parties is elected Presidente of Brazilian Republic. João Goulart, from the Brazilian Working Party (PTB) is elected for Vice-President.



  • [1] Sexteto Radamés Gnattali performs in Lisbon (Portugal), at the São Luís and São Carlos theaters. In the latest, Radamés presents his Concerto nº 1 for harmonica and chamber orchestra, with Eduardo Nadruz (Edu da Gaita) as soloist of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of Porto, conducted by Radamés. The Sextet goes to the city of Porto and Coimbra. In France, they perform at the Richelieu Amphitheater, at Sorbonne, at the National Conservatory and at the French Radio and TV, in Paris. In London, they perform at the BBC, at Wigmore Hall, at the University of Oxford and at the Royal College of Art. In Rome, they perform at Italian TV and at different cultural mansions. Read more: Radiolândia magazine nº 294 of 11/21/1959 (pg. 25)  (pg. 26)  (pg. 27)  (pg. 56)   (source: Hemeroteca da Biblioteca Nacional)
  • [2]  Handwritting note on the first page: “of the bookContos gauchescos e lendas do sul’ (Gaucho tales and southern legends), by J. Simões Lopes Neto”.
  • [3]  Handwritting on the score page: “Recorded by Capitol,  Los Angeles, with Marthim  Rutherman (flute) and Laurindo Almeida (guitar), in 1960″. It is not clear though if  it concerns the original sonatina, for flute and guitar.