He was the one who gave Jobim his first piano. As a young man of limited means, Jobim earned his living by playing in nightclubs and bars and later as an arranger for a recording label, before starting to achieve success as a composer. Later, when the play was adapted into a film, producer Sacha Gordine did not want to use any of the existing music from the play. Moraes was at the time away in Montevideo , Uruguay, working for the Itamaraty the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and so he and Jobim were only able to write three songs, primarily over the telephone " A felicidade ", "Frevo" and "O nosso amor". This album inaugurates the Bossa Nova movement in Brazil.
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He quickly showed an aptitude for music, and his stepfather sent him to a series of highly accomplished classically trained musicians for lessons. During the course of his studies, Jobim was particularly inspired by the music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos — , whose Western classical works regularly employed Brazilian melodic and rhythmic materials.
When it came time to choose a career, Jobim initially showed no interest in pursuing music professionally, opting instead to become an architect. He soon became disenchanted with the choice, however, and left the field to devote himself fully to music.
Jobim subsequently performed in the clubs of Rio de Janeiro , transcribed songs for composers who could not write music, and arranged music for various recording artists before becoming music director of Odeon Records, one of the largest record companies in Brazil.
Although the song itself met a cold reception, the bossa nova album that bears its name—Chega de Saudade —took Brazil by storm the following year. In he appeared at Carnegie Hall with his leading jazz interpreters, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd. He also recorded solo albums, most notably Jobim and A Certain Mr.
Jobim , and composed classical works and film scores. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today.
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Meditation Lyrics
Meditation (Antônio Carlos Jobim song)