Ary Barroso (November 7, 1903 – February 9, 1964) was a Brazilian composer, pianist, and actor renowned for his contributions to Brazilian music and culture. He left an indelible mark on the world of music and entertainment. He was one of Brazil’s most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century. Barroso also composed many songs for Carmen Miranda during her career.
Life & Career
Ary Barroso was born in Ubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil. His early life was marked by a passion for music, particularly the piano. He began playing piano at an early age, demonstrating exceptional musical talent. His innate musical abilities set the stage for a remarkable career in the world of Brazilian music.
Ary Barroso’s career was multifaceted, spanning music, composing, and broadcasting. He became a highly successful composer, creating numerous hit songs that became iconic in Brazilian music. Barroso was not only a composer but also a performer, showcasing his musical skills as a pianist. His compositions, often inspired by the rich cultural tapestry of Brazil, included classics like “Aquarela do Brasil” (also known as “Brazil”).
Beyond his music, Ary Barroso ventured into broadcasting. He became a prominent radio personality and commentator, further solidifying his place in the entertainment industry. His involvement in radio broadcasting allowed him to introduce Brazilian music to a broader audience. Music was only one outlet for Barroso’s creativity. A lawyer by training, he balanced his musical career with work as a radio announcer, writer, humourist, reporter, producer, emcee, interviewer, and football commentator. He was such a fan of the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo football club of Rio de Janeiro that he turned down an invitation to move to the United States at the peak of his fame in the 1940s because he didn’t want to be so far from the team.
In 1961, Barroso was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. He died on 9 February 1964.
Legacy and Awards
Ary Barroso’s legacy is undeniable. His compositions, particularly “Aquarela do Brasil,” continue to be celebrated, not just in Brazil but worldwide. The song has been performed by numerous artists and featured in films and other media. It remains a symbol of Brazilian music and culture.
Barroso’s contributions to Brazilian music and broadcasting earned him various awards and recognitions during his lifetime. His music left an enduring impact on the global perception of Brazil.
- “Aquarela do Brasil” (Brazil): One of his most famous compositions, celebrated as a Brazilian anthem.
- “Na Baixa do Sapateiro”: Another well-known composition.
- Radio Broadcasting: His contributions as a radio commentator and broadcaster played a crucial role in promoting Brazilian music and culture.
Ary Barroso’s music and influence persist, contributing to Brazil’s cultural identity and the world’s appreciation of Brazilian music.