Antonio Essay

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Antônio Carlos Jobim Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, also known as Tom Jobim, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Tom do Vinícius was born in January 25 1927 in the middle-class district of Tijuca, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a Brazilian songwriter, singer, composer, arranger, and vocalist. Besides that, he was also an expert in playing instruments like flute, piano and guitar. He was a dominant force behind the creation of the subtle, whispery, jazz-influenced popular song style, which was known as the bossa nova song style. Furthermore, most of his songs have been performed by many Brazilian and other International singers and instrumentalist. He has been widely acclaimed as one of Brazil's greatest and most innovative musicians of the twentieth century. Antonio’s parents divorced while he was still an infant and his mother, Nilza Brasileiro de Almeida moved Antonio and his sister, Helena Isaura to Ipanema, where most of his famous songs and compositions later reflected on. After his father’s death, his mum married another man whom encouraged Antonio’s career. His name was Celso da Frota Pessoa who ran a private school and was the one who gave Jobim his first piano. Jobim's musical roots were planted firmly in the work of Pixinguinha, the legendary musician and composer who began modern Brazilian music in the 1930s. When Jobim was 14, he began piano lessons with Hans Joachim Koellrutter, a local music scholar of German background who favoured the latest experimental trends in European classical music, after his step-father oversaw his talents. After some time, Jobim also added guitar and harmonica to the list of instruments he had mastered. Jobim grew up listening to samba and other native sounds which he heard in the streets and clubs of Ipanema. Samba was a style of music originating in the Afro-Brazilian favelas, or shanty towns, of Rio and other

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