According to the Carnegie Hall website the composer of the song "Cidade Maravilhosa", André Filho (1906–1974), was a Brazilian actor and musician who composed many popular songs. A violinist, singer, guitarist, pianist, mandolinist, and banjo player, Filho was an active performer and composer. He wrote “Cidade Maravilhosa” (“Beautiful City”) for the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in 1935. The song was made popular by Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian-born Broadway singer and actress, and became the anthem of Rio de Janeiro.
Listen to this version from 2016 when Brazil hosted the Olympics.
Which version did you like better? Why? When you are explaining your opinion remember to try to back it up with a fact. Don't say "I didn't like the first one because it was boring" or "I really liked the first one because it was awesome!" Those are both opinions (I like or I didn't like) backed up with another opinion (it was boring or it was awesome). Try to be descriptive. "I liked the first one because it had great rhythms" or "I didn't like the first one because I didn't like the use of the (insert instrument or sound here)". Also, and even more important...remember that everyone is entitled to an opinion. You don't have to agree, but it doesn't make your opinion more correct than someone else's. Be open, really listen, and be kind when others speak!
We will be all be singing along to parts of this piece of music. Please click the link below to learn the lyrics and see how it fits within the song.