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Playlist of Luiz Bonfá

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  • LUIZ BONFA

    8:54

    Luiz Bonfa (guitar)

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  • Luiz Bonfá - Seville

    2:14

    Luiz Bonfá - Seville

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  • Brazilian Guitarist Luiz Bonfá With Perry Como

    8:47

    An excerpt from the January 2, 1963 Perry Como Show. Portions of this video have already appeared at least four times on YouTube. All of the available copies of this show are rooted to a source video of below par quality. I recently tried cleaning up such a source video in order to burn it to a DVD. The end result -- while still a long way from ideal -- was enough of an improvement to warrant posting it as a viewing option for those who've either never seen it or enjoyed it in the past. Incidentally, this program was originally broadcast in color, but unfortunately no color versions are known to still exist.

    So as not to make this an exact reproduction content-wise of other versions on YouTube I've tagged on a second brief performance from the same show. This second performance, of Bonfá and a saxophonist playing the tune Desafinado in the relative style of Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz, has appeared elsewhere on YouTube and caused a bit of confusion. Some have wondered why the clip begins with a close-up shot of Getz and Byrd's Jazz Samba album and then pans up to show two musicians performing who are neither Getz nor Byrd. The reason for this can only be understood by watching the entire segment from which the clip was excerpted. It was part of a salute to the best selling record albums of 1962. They would show, for instance, the cover of the album Judy at Carnegie Hall and then have a singer -- in this case Sandy Stewart -- singing one of the songs Judy Garland sang on the album. Or show the cover of the Elvis Presley album Blue Hawaii followed by Perry Como singing the album's title cut. So it should come as no surprise that after showing the Getz/Byrd Jazz Samba LP cover the musicians shown performing a song from it would be neither Getz nor Byrd, both of whom had appeared on the Como show two-and-a-half months earlier, which I've also posted here.

    And what about the mystery sax player who accompanied Bonfá in the brief Desafinado performance at 7:34? The other version of this clip on YouTube includes plenty of viewer comments speculating about the sax man's identity. Paul Gonsalves, Bud Shank and Quindio Teixeira have all been mentioned. Some insist it's actually Stan Getz. One even suggests, perhaps with tongue-in-cheek, it's Perry Como. I thought it looked like Boomie Richman, so I wrote to Boomie's son Barry to find out. He confirmed the sax man was indeed his father, which is now mentioned in the comments at the other video. Barry, an accomplished musician in his own right, has included a photo of his father with Perry Como on his website at Given Boomie's lengthy career performing with some of the greats in several genres of music which included plenty of TV work, one would expect there to be numerous videos floating around on YouTube which feature him. But so far, aside from the Como spot, I'm only aware of two other videos. One is a 1947 Dorsey appearance at -- or you can go directly to Boomie's solo at

    The other is a 1955 performance showing him playing tenor sax with a jazz band led by Leonard Bernstein at The first good view of Boomie can be seen near the end -- you can go directly to it at

    If anyone knows of any other YouTube videos featuring Boomie Richman please mention it in the comments.

    Enjoy the music!

  • Luiz Bonfá - Introspection full album

    27:27

    00:00 Enchanted Mirror
    04:00 Summertime Love
    07:00 Reflections
    09:43 Concerto for Guitar
    12:59 Rain
    15:39 Leque
    17:29 Missal (Estudo)
    21:17 Adventure in Space

    Recorded in 1972 in New York, when Luiz Bonfá (1922-2001) was part of north american RCA, Introspection is one of the masterpieces in the wide discography of the brazilian guitarist and composer, a genius that anticipated the bossa nova genre and later transcended it.

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  • LUIZ BONFÁ: «Sambolero. Guitarra do Brasil» – Full Album

    40:03

    LUIZ BONFÁ: «Sambolero. Guitarra do Brasil»

    01. Pernambuco (L. Bonfá)
    02. Perdido de amor (L. Bonfá)*
    03. Night and Day (Cole Porter)
    04. Sambolero (L. Bonfá)*
    05. Uma prece (L. Bonfá)
    06. Bonfabuloso (L. Bonfá)
    07. Luzes do Rio (L. Bonfá)
    08. Amor sem adeus (L. Bonfá)*
    09. Bonfá’s Song (L. Bonfá)
    10. Canção do Orpheo (Manhã de Carnaval) (L. Bonfá)
    11. Variações em violão (L. Bonfá)
    12. Calypso Minor (L. Bonfá)
    13. Shearing (L. Bonfá)
    14. Seringueiro (L. Bonfá)*
    15. Chopin (L. Bonfá)
    16. Bahía (A. Barroso)
    17. Murder (L. Bonfá)
    18. Manhã de Carnaval (L. Bonfá)

    LUIZ BONFÁ: guitar and voice* (#2, #4, #8, #14)

    Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, 1957


    *The music content of this video is owned by its rightful and lawful owner/owners. This video is posted for the sole purpose of entertainment and no copyright infringement is intended.

    **I do not own the copyright to this recording so if it needs to be removed, I will remove it. This video is for entertainment purposes only.

  • Luiz Bonfá - O Violão e o Samba

    28:12

    Luiz Bonfá - O Violão e o Samba (Remastered) (Full Album)
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    Tip: click on the time and listen your favorite song
    Track list:
    1 | 00:00 | Luiz Bonfá - Inquietação (Ary Barroso)
    2 | 02:28 | Luiz Bonfá - Nossos Momentos (Haroldo Barbosa, Luiz Carlos T. Reis)
    3 | 05:03 | Luiz Bonfá - Meu Nome É Ninguém (Haroldo Barbosa, Luiz Carlos T. Reis)
    4 | 06:48 | Luiz Bonfá - Lamento No Morro (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes)
    5 | 08:58 | Luiz Bonfá - Pastorinhas (Noel Rosa, João de Barro)
    6 | 11:39 | Luiz Bonfá - Você Chegou Sorrindo (Luiz Bonfá)
    7 | 14:05 | Luiz Bonfá - Murmúrio (Luiz Antonio, Djalma Ferreira)
    8 | 16:37 | Luiz Bonfá - Liberdale Demais (Helio Nascimento, Mariano Filho)
    9 | 18:33 | Luiz Bonfá - Amor Em Brasilia (Luiz Bonfá)
    10 | 20:53 | Luiz Bonfá - Saudade Da Bahia (Dorival Caymmi)
    11 | 23:23 | Luiz Bonfá - Copacabana (Alberto Ribeiro, João de Barro)
    12 | 25:27 | Luiz Bonfá - Amor de Solidão (Luiz Bonfá, Maria Helena Toledo)

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  • Luiz Bonfa(ルイス・ボンファ)

    7:13

    Luiz Bonfa(ルイス・ボンファ)

  • Manhã de Carnaval

    2:28

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Manhã de Carnaval · Luiz Bonfa

    Solo in Rio 1959

    ℗ 2005 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2005-02-22

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Sambolero - Luiz Bonfá

    2:53

    [Solo in Rio 1959]

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  • Bonfá - Jacarandá - 1973

    47:44

    1 - Apache Talk - 00:00
    2 - Jacarandá - 05:33
    3 - Gentle Rain - 09:20
    4 - You or Not to Be - 14:34
    5 - Strange Message - 17:10
    6 - Don Quixote - 20:56
    7 - Song Thoughts - 24:31
    8 - Danse V - 28:00
    9 - Empty Room - 34:57
    10 - Sun Flower - 42:04


    Ficha técnica:

    Acoustic Guitar – Luiz Bonfá
    Arranged By, Conductor – Eumir Deodato
    Bass – Mark Drury
    Congas – Ray Barretto
    Drums – Idris Muhammad
    Electric Bass – Stanley Clarke
    Electric Guitar – John Tropea
    Electric Piano – John Wood
    Flute – Phil Bordner
    Liner Notes – John Wood
    Percussion – Airto Moreira

  • Stan Getz/Luiz Bonfá - Insensatez

    4:39

    Insensatez is a song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (he plays the piano in this version) and Vinicius de Moraes. This version is taken from the amazing 1963 LP Jazz Samba Encore and is performed by saxophone player Stan Getz and the brazilian guitar player Luiz Bonfá, and the vocals are delivered by the also brazilian Maria Helena Toledo who was then the wife of Luiz Bonfa.

  • Perry Como and Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnaval

    3:04

    Perry Como and Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnaval

  • BRAZIL MANHA DE CARNAVAL BY LUIZ BONFA

    2:35

    New 2011 May : the sheet music of my new arrangement, i had a in introduction, difficult piece for advance player:

    lmy first CD :

  • The gentle rain

    2:05

    Una bonita y poco conocida melodía a ritmo de bossa que el guitarrista brasileño Luis Bonfá compuso en 1966 como banda sonora de la película del mismo nombre, cuando la bossa-nova empezó a estar tan de moda,

    Mi arreglo, aun sin partitura... Espero que os guste.

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    A beautiful and not very known melody with bossa rhythm which Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfá composed in 1966 as a soundtrack for the movie of the same name, when bossanova really started to be trendy.

    My arrangement, no score or tab by the moment,,, I hope you like it.

  • Bonfa Manha de Carnaval

    7:10

    Guitarra y arreglo: Barbosa-Lima
    Programa de televisión La Guitarra y sus Intérpretes Derechos reservados por Cesar Amaro y autorizados a este canal de youtube.

  • Luiz Bonfá - Batucada

    3:06

    Famous brazilian composer/guitarist Luiz Bonfa playing: Batucada.

  • Manhã de Carnaval | Rudy Djoe & Rio Moreno

    6:44

    Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of Carnival), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria.
    Manhã de Carnaval appeared as a principal theme in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) by French director Marcel Camus, with a soundtrack that also included a number of memorable songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, as well as another composition by Bonfá (Samba de Orfeu). Manhã de Carnaval appears in multiple scenes in the film, including versions sung or hummed by both the principal characters (Orfeu and Euridice), as well as an instrumental version, so that the song has been described as the main musical theme of the film. In the portion of the film in which the song is sung by the character Orfeu, portrayed by Breno Mello, the song was dubbed by Agostinho dos Santos. The song was initially rejected for inclusion in the film by Camus, but Bonfá was able to convince the director that the music for Manhã de Carnaval was superior to the song Bonfá composed as a replacement. Orfeu Negro was an international success (nominated, for example, for an Academy Award in 1960), and brought the song to a large audience.
    Manhã de Carnaval became one of the first compositions identified with Bossa Nova to gain popularity outside Brazil. Particularly in the United States, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s. Manhã de Carnaval has become a jazz standard in the USA, while it is still performed regularly by a wide variety of musicians around the world in its vocalized version or just as an instrumental one. In the United States, the song is also known as A Day in the Life of a Fool, Carnival, Theme from Black Orpheus, or simply Black Orpheus. In France, the song is also known as La Chanson d'Orphée. The song is also known by the Spanish title Mañana de Carnaval. All versions of foreign texts were written by lyricists other than Antônio Maria, using Bonfá's original music.

  • Tenderly

    2:31

    Tenderly
    Music by Walter Gross, Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
    Arranged by Luiz Bonfá

    I don't think that's how Bonfá played that type of tremolo that he used on several tracks. The description I read of it is that he somehow used his third finger to achieve the effect. It's tricky anyhow.

    This thing was a bitch to get half right. That guy was a genius.

    Now, don't go saying I played it tenderly. Uggh. C'mon, you can do better than that. :D

    Learned by ear. I have nothing written down.
    Taylor NS54-ce, hybrid classical
    Standard tuning
    D'addario Pro Arte normal tension nylon strings

  • Saudade Vem Correndo

    3:40

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Saudade Vem Correndo · Stan Getz · Luiz Bonfa · Maria Toledo

    Jazz Samba Encore!

    ℗ A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

    Released on: 1986-02-17

    Producer: Creed Taylor
    Associated Performer, Recording Arranger: Luiz Bonfa
    Associated Performer, Double Bass: Don Payne
    Associated Performer, Drums: Paulo Ferreira
    Associated Performer, Percussion: Dave Bailey
    Associated Performer, Tenor Saxophone: Stan Getz
    Composer Lyricist: Luiz Bonfa
    Composer Lyricist: Maria Toledo

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Cançao do mar. Luiz Bonfá, João Gilberto y Tom Jobim 1962

    3:19

    Luiz Bonfà (1922-2001), Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) y João Gilberto (1931) son tres figuras indiscutibles de la música brasileña, que ya han aparecido más de una vez en este cancionero. Verlos a los tres reunidos el año 1962, cantando un tema del primero de ellos es toda una gran oportunidad, para el buen amante de la música popular.

    El trío de genios protagonizó una secuencia de la película italiana COPACABANA PALACE, rodada en el- un tiempo muy famoso- hotel de Río de Janeiro y con un reparto internacional que incluía a figuras tan conocidas como Sylva Koscina, Mylène Demongeot, Walter Chiari o Claude Rich. Los músicos se interpretaban a sí mismos y junto a ellos, aparecían algunos de sus familiares.

    En esos años Bonfà y Jobim eran ya famosos por sus aportes a la banda sonora de otra película ORFEU NEGRO y Jobim como autor de la música y Gilberto como solista habían difundido la que se considera primera canción de Bossa nova, CHEGA DE SAUDADE. Y pocos meses después del rodaje de esta película el tema que está considerado como el más famoso de la música latinoamericana, GAROTA DE IPANEMA. Este tema, mucho menos ambicioso, nos permite adivinar el ambiente en el que se movían estos grandes músicos, en esos años del nacimiento de ese fenómeno que se llamó bossa nova.

    CANÇAO DO MAR.
    Música: Luiz Bonfá
    Letra Maria Helena de Toledo

    Lá, onde a areia começa
    Os teus olhos promessa
    Dizem coisas de amor

    O mar
    Em silêncio adormece
    E da areia se esquece

    Deixando as gaivotas
    Cantar a canção
    Desse amor de nós dois

    E quando o sol despertar
    Ele vai encontrar
    Sobre areia a cançao
    Que saúda feliz
    esse amor de nós dois.

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  • Perdido de Amor Lost in Love

    3:27

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Perdido de Amor [Lost in Love] · Luiz Bonfa

    Solo in Rio 1959

    ℗ 2005 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2005-02-22

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Shade of the Mango Tree

    3:55

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    The Shade of the Mango Tree · Luiz Bonfa

    Bonfa Burrows Brazil

    ℗ 1999 Bonfa's Productions

    Released on: 1999-02-23

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Quebra Mar The Seawall

    2:39

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Quebra Mar [The Seawall] · Luiz Bonfa

    Solo in Rio 1959

    ℗ 2005 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2005-02-22

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Passeio no rio de Luiz Bonfá. Rafael Aguirre, guitarra

    3:22

    - Rafael Aguirre, Primer Premio Concurso Internacional Guitarra Alhambra 2010.
    - Rafael Aguirre toca una guitarra Alhambra Modelo José Miguel Moreno. Serie C. Utiliza un golpeador transparante.

    - Concierto Extraordinario, realizado en el Palau de la Música de Valencia, con motivo de la Gala del 50 Aniversario de Manufacturas Alhambra.

    Imagen y edición de vídeo: Carmina Andrés

  • Luiz Bonfá - Melancolia

    2:26

    Faixa 12 - Festival da Bossa Nova - 1963

    Melancolia (Luiz Bonfá)

  • STAN GETZ & LUIZ BONFÁ -- Samba De Duas Notas

    4:34

    Note: The song title appears during the video as Ebony Samba, but actually it is Samba De Duas Notas. My mistake!
    From the LP Jazz Samba Encore!, 1963
    UK pressing from the 60s.

  • Luiz Bonfá - Don Quixote

    3:30

    From Jacaranda :

    Sampled By Chinese Man - Ta bom

  • PERDIDO DE AMOR - LUIZ BONFÁ

    3:27

    LUIZ BONFÁ
    LP SOLO IN RIO 1959
    LP O VIOLÃO DE LUIZ BONFÁ 1959 COOK
    LANÇADO EM CD SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS 2005
    Voz e violão: Luiz Bonfá
    PERDIDO DE AMOR
    (Luiz Bonfá)

    Perdido de amor
    Perdido estou, por você
    Amar seu olhar
    Seus lábios beijar
    É viver
    À luz do luar
    Eu fico a cantar, por você
    Num verso que diz
    Serei tão feliz, com você
    Perdido de amor
    Perdido estou, por você
    Seu beijo sensual
    Carícia ideal
    Não posso esquecer
    Eu vivo a sonhar
    Seu nome a chamar
    Só penso em você
    Perdido de amor
    Perdido estou, por você

    Observação: LUIZ BONFÁ
    Luiz Floriano Bonfá (Rio de Janeiro, 17 de outubro de 1922 — Rio de Janeiro, 12 de janeiro de 2001) foi um cantor, violonista e compositor brasileiro, cujos maiores sucessos foram Manhã de Carnaval e Orfeu Negro ou Samba de Orfeu. Foi casado com a cantora Maria Helena Toledo, irmã de Rosana Toledo. No começo de carreira, as duas formavam a dupla Irmãs Toledo. A última esposa de Luiz Bonfá foi Ruth de Oliveira, com quem os outros herdeiros disputam judicialmente a curadoria da obra de Bonfá.

    Vídeo editado por Antônio Augusto dos Santos, antaugsan, Antônio Bocaiuva com músicas do disco acima citado e imagens e fotos colhidas na Internet, sem objetivo de lucro, mas meramente ilustrativo. Se alguém sentir violado em seus direitos autorais em relação à música, favor entrar em contato comigo pelo e-mail bocayuvamaster@gmail.com que retiro a música. Obrigado – 28/04/2017

  • Ebony Samba performed by Stefan Roach

    2:28

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    performed by Stefan Roach,
    Guitarist from Trinidad and Tobago

  • Manhã de Carnaval | Luiz Bonfá| Bossa Nova Guitar

    4:09

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    One of the last songs I have taught for members. Chek it out:

  • Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfa - Daniel Estrem, guitar

    4:41

    Daniel Estrem playing Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001)
    there are many different versions and variations of Morning of Carnival (1959) -this one is based on a recording by Jeff Linsky that I transcribed years ago.
    I recorded a video of one of Bonfa's versions in 2018

  • Luiz Bonfá - Silencio do amor

    2:11

    Um dos maiores músicos Brasileiros da Bossa Nova

  • Baroco バロッコ ジョアン杉田ギター演奏

    2:55

    #Music + TAB notation of this playing, you can purchase from the following site

    ➡この曲の楽譜をご希望の方は、ジョアン杉田と検索し→ホームページ内
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    メール等でお申し込み下さいませ。

  • AMOR SEM ADEUS - NORMA SUELY & LUIZ BONFÁ

    3:18

    NORMA SUELY & LUIZ BONFÁ
    (Ou Nita de Araújo Santos, nascida em Ponte Nova, Minas Gerais, em 26 de junho de 1933 e faleceu no Rio de Janeiro, na Tijuca, em 14 de junho de 2005.)
    LUIZ BONFÁ & NORMA SUELY A VOZ E O VIOLÃO LP ODEON 1960
    Com Lindolfo Gaya e orquestra

    AMOR SEM ADEUS
    (Tom Jobim e Luiz Bonfá)

    O dia em que você gostar de mim
    Será o meu dia mais feliz
    Os seus olhos hão de ir
    De encontro aos meus
    Então desse encontro irá viver
    O amor que eu sempre desejei
    Os seus lábios hão de ir
    De encontro aos meus
    Na manhã deste amor sem adeus.

    Vídeo editado por Antônio Augusto dos Santos, sem fins lucrativos ou comerciais, com fotos e imagens da Internet. Antônio Bocaiuva, antaugsan, Divinópolis, Bocaiuva, MG, em 8/1/2016.

  • Perdido de Amor - Luiz Bonfá - Pedro Alvadia

    2:01

    Perdido de Amor - Luiz Bonfá

    ????????????

    ÁUDIO:
    Gravação e masterização - Pedro Alvadia
    VÍDEO:
    Gravação e edição - Pedro Alvadia

  • LUIZ BONFA Manha de Carnaval

    2:18

    Manha de Carnaval
    Luiz Bonfa

  • Luiz Bonfá. A Day In The Life Of A Fool

    4:52

    Big band of Moscow military music college. Conductor Igor Andryushin. Alto saxophone solo Vyacheslav Khudyakov.
    Биг-бэнд Московского военно-музыкального училища. Дирижер Игорь Андрюшин. Солист Вячеслав Худяков (альт саксофон).

  • 03. Insensatez | Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá

    3:24

    Insensatez (How Insensitive)
    Composição: Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes
    Arranjo: Antônio Carlos Jobim
    Álbum: Jazz Samba Encore!
    Artista: Stan Getz, Luiz Bonfá
    Ano: 1963

  • Luiz Bonfá - Uma Prece - Guitar

    2:42

    Solo In Río (1959)
    Luiz Bonfá
    Uma Prece
    Performed by David Vieyra Gaeta
    México City (March 2018)
     
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  • Luiz Bonfá - Jacarandá

    3:47

    From the 1973. album Jacarandá

  • Zé da Velha e Silvério Pontes | Menina Flor | Instrumental Sesc Brasil

    4:25

    Os músicos apresentam o disco “Ouro e Prata” em uma viagem atemporal pelas gafieiras. Comemorando 25 anos de amizade, a dupla traz um repertório abrangente e coeso, como “Nas Velhas Pontes”, criado a partir de um papo de assobios.

    Formação:
    Zé da Velha - Trombone
    Silvério Pontes - Trompete
    Bebê Kramer - Acordeon
    Charles Peixoto - Violão
    Rômulo Duarte - baixo
    André Manhães - bateria

    Gênero: Gafieira

    Show que ocorreu no Teatro Anchieta do Sesc Consolação dia 18/08/2014
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  • 05 - Paramaribo - Luiz Bonfá

    2:26

  • Moonlight In Rio - Luiz Bonfa

    2:46

    Rio

  • Luiz Bonfá - Bonfá Nova

    2:11

  • Luiz Bonfá – Orfeu Negro

    2:21

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    Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of Carnival), is a song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria.

    Manhã de Carnaval appeared as a principal theme in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro) by French director Marcel Camus. The film's soundtrack also included songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, as well as another composition by Bonfá (Samba de Orfeu). Manhã de Carnaval appears in multiple scenes in the film, including versions sung or hummed by both the principal characters (Orfeu and Euridice), as well as an instrumental version, so that the song has been described as the main musical theme of the film. In the portion of the film in which the song is sung by the character Orfeu, portrayed by Breno Mello, the song was dubbed by Agostinho dos Santos. The song was initially rejected for inclusion in the film by Camus, but Bonfá was able to convince the director that the music for Manhã de Carnaval was superior to the song Bonfá composed as a replacement. Orfeu Negro was an international success (winning, for example, an Academy Award in 1960), and brought the song to a large audience.

    Manhã de Carnaval' became one of the first Bossa Nova compositions to gain popularity outside Brazil. Particularly in the United States, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s. Manhã de Carnaval has become a jazz standard in the USA, while it is still performed regularly by a wide variety of musicians around the world in its vocalized version or just as an instrumental one. In the United States, the song is also known as A Day in the Life of a Fool, Carnival, Theme from Black Orpheus, or simply Black Orpheus. In France, the song is also known as La Chanson d'Orphée. All versions of foreign texts were written by lyricists other than Antônio Maria, using Bonfá's original music.

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