• Vinicius de Moraes

    O Poetinha

M arcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes ,diplomat, poet, playwright and Bossa Nova lyricist was born in the suburb of Gávea in Rio de Janeiro on the 19th of October 1913.Considered as one of the founders of the Bossa Nova movement Vinicius is a cultural icon in Brazil and is revered to this day.

Vinicius began his literary work in high school where he would write theatrical sketches , he also sang on the choir. In 1929 he was admitted to the  Faculty of Law at the University of Rio de Janeiro(currently called National School of Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro ). He became friends with essayist and  novelist Octavio de Faria and through his encouragement Vinicius’ literary ability flourished as he produced collections of poetry,sonnets and books which would be a constant throughout his life . Faria’s attraction to Vinicius eventually led to a separation of the two.

He was awarded a scholarship to study literature and English language at Oxford University and during this period in England saw a shift in his poetic style. After his return to Brazil Vinicius held many positions including film critic and the vice consul of Brazil in Los Angeles.

The poet turned playwright with his work on Orfeu da Conceição which was performed originally in 1956. It was on this project that he was first introduced to the then unknown pianist Tom Jobim and would go on to form a partnership that would last decades. He along with Tom composed the music for Elizete Cardoso’s  Canção do Amor Demais  the first Bossa Nova album. In 1962 he wrote what would become one of the most popular songs of all time Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema).

Focusing his career down the musical route Vinícius aided in the establishment of many up and coming artistes of the day such as Nara Leão. He went on to work with many notable Brazilian artistes such as Baden Powell ,Toquinho and Chico Buarque touring and composing music.

A known alcoholic  Vinícius died from the abuse of the substance on July 9, 1980 at the age of 66.

Vinicius de Moraes
1956 Orfeu da Conceicao (Odeon)
1963 Vinicius & Odette Lara (Elenco)
1966 Os Afro Sambas (with Baden Powell) (Jag)
1967 No Zum Zum (with various artistes)(Elenco)
1969 Afro Samba (with Baden Powell)( Barclay)
1971 Como Dizia O Poeta…(with Toquinho)(RGE)
1971 En La Fusa (with Maria Bethania & Toquinho)( Trova)
1971 Toquinho e Vinicius
1972 Vinicius+Bethania+Toquinho(EMI)
1972 Marilla Vinicius ( with Marilia Medalha)(RGE)
1974 Per Vivere Un Grande Amore ( with Toquinho)(Fonit Cetra)
1974 Vinicius de Moraes En La Fusa (with Toquinho)(CBS)
1976 La voglia La Pazzia L’Inconscinza L’Allegria(Vanilla)
1976 Le Bresil De Vinicius De Moraes (EMI)
1976 Palco Corpo E Alma ( with various artistes)(Phillips)
1977 Ao Vivo No Canecao(with Jobim,Toquinho& Miucha)(Som Livre)
1979 O Grande Encontro De(Gala)
1981 Vincius & Drummond(Phillips)
Love is eternal while it lasts
Vinicius de Mores