Ary Barroso

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Ary Barroso
Birth name Ary de Resende Barroso
Born November 7, 1903
Ubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died February 9, 1964
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Samba
Occupation(s) Songwriter, pianist, radio announcer and presenter
Instruments Piano
Years active 1921–1960

Ary Barroso (Portuguese pronunciation: [aˈɾi baˈʁozu]) (November 7, 1903 – February 9, 1964) was a Brazilian composer, pianist, soccer commentator, and talent-show host on radio and TV. He was one of Brazil's most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century.


Barroso's two best-known compositions are the sambas "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Watercolor of Brazil"), written in 1939, and "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" ("Bahia"), composed a year earlier. "Watercolor of Brazil" was featured in Saludos Amigos (1942) and "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" in The Three Caballeros (1944), both Disney films. The two songs became international hits, and have been recorded by hundreds of artists around the world. Among his major interpreters are Carmen Miranda and João Gilberto.

Ary Barroso was the first samba composer to get international fame. He invented the so-called "samba exaltação", as a tribute to Brazil, a vibrant genre of music. "Brazil"/"Aquarela do Brasil" and "Bahia"/"Na Baixa do Sapateiro" are international hits, recognizable in every country in the world. [1] [2]

In 1945, his song "Rio de Janeiro", featured in the 1944 film Brazil, was one of the five finalists nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[3]

His song "Aquarela do Brasil" was used as the main theme of the 1985 film Brazil.

He died of liver cirrhosis in 1964.


  1. ^ [1] Ary Barroso, giant of Brazilian song, Daniella Thompson
  2. ^ [2] Extraordin Ary, Arthur de Faria, translated by Barbara Maglio
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