At the age of 6 he began to learn the piano and a little later the violin . He was interested in modinhas and popular songs. At the age of 15 he also mastered the instruments cavaquinho and guitar . He attended the Instituto de Belas Artes in his hometown and became a student of Guilherme Fontainha .
He then began to play as a musician in cinemas and dance orchestras and managed to combine art with folk music . Later he and Pixinguinha were primarily responsible for orchestrating a significant part of the music productions in Brazil.
His first compositions, recorded on record in 1932, were the Choros Espritado and Urbano , which appeared under the pseudonym Vero , which he had adopted for the publication of his popular compositions.
He was responsible for introducing the saxophone and flute instruments to carnival music in Brazil, composed film scores , gave concerts in Europe and had a significant influence within the new generation of choro musicians.
In the 1970s he returned to the traditional choro formation, for which he composed the Suite Retratos . He was the founder of the important group Camerata Carioca and made numerous records, such as with Elizeth Cardoso , the guitarist Raphael Rabello and many others.
|Brazilian musician and composer
|DATE OF BIRTH
|January 27, 1906
|PLACE OF BIRTH
|DATE OF DEATH
|3rd February 1988
|Place of death
|Rio de Janeiro