Manhã de Carnaval (A day in the life of A fool (Bonfa/Maria) Louise Howlett (vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Charles Lazar (Double Bass)

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More about “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (“Manhã de Carnaval“)

Manhã de Carnaval” (“Morning of Carnival”), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria.

Orfeu Negro

Manhã de Carnaval appeared as a principal theme in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) by French director Marcel Camus, with a soundtrack that also included a number of memorable songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, as well as another composition by Bonfá (Samba de Orfeu). Manhã de Carnaval appears in multiple scenes in the film, including versions sung or hummed by both the principal characters (Orfeu and Euridice), as well as an instrumental version, so that the song has been described as the “main” musical theme of the film.In the portion of the film in which the song is sung by the character Orfeu, portrayed by Breno Mello, the song was dubbed by Agostinho dos Santos. The song was initially rejected for inclusion in the film by Camus, but Bonfá was able to convince the director that the music for Manhã de Carnaval was superior to the song Bonfá composed as a replacement. Orfeu Negro was an international success (nominated, for example, for an Academy Award in 1960), and brought the song to a large audience.

Manhã de Carnaval became one of the first compositions identified with Bossa Nova to gain popularity outside Brazil.Particularly in the United States, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s. Manhã de Carnaval has become a jazz standard in the USA, while it is still performed regularly by a wide variety of musicians around the world in its vocalized version or just as an instrumental one. In the United States, the song is also known as “A Day in the Life of a Fool”, “Carnival”, “Theme from Black Orpheus”, or simply “Black Orpheus”. In France, the song is also known as “La Chanson d’Orphée”. The song is also known by the Spanish title “Mañana de Carnaval”. All versions of foreign texts were written by lyricists other than Antônio Maria, using Bonfá’s original music.

More about the composer Luis Bonfá

Luiz Floriano Bonfá (often seen as Luis Bonfá) (October 17, 1922 – January 12, 2001) was a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He was best known for the compositions he penned for the film Black Orpheus. As a composer and performer, Bonfá was at heart an exponent of the bold, lyrical, lushly orchestrated, and emotionally charged Samba-canção style that predated the arrival of João Gilberto’s more refined and subdued Bossa Nova style.

The Samba-canção is, in its most common acceptance or interpretation, the denomination for a kind of Brazilian popular songs with some sort of samba rhythm. It appeared after the World War II, at the end of 1940s, and practically disappeared in the middle of 1960s when majority of composers began to present their songs without category denomination. The name is somewhat arbitrary, adopted by the music industry, that is, publishers and record companies, and some composers. Like many popular songs of the world, Samba-canção (plural ‘sambas-canções’)’s principal theme is the love relationship, typically moaning for a lost love. Tempo is moderate or a little slower. The denomination suggests that the song is more sophisticated, less earthy, than ordinary samba songs.

Louise Howlett & Charles Lazar

Louise Howlett & Charles Lazar

Lyrics of “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (“Manhã de Carnaval“)

Too many versions of this song exist to attempt to be definitive or even complete, but here follows a widely sung version:

A day in the life of a fool, a sad and a long lonely day
I walk the avenue, and hope I’ll run into
The welcome sight of you, coming my way
I stop just across from your door, but you’re never home any more
So back to my room, and there in the gloom
I cry tears of good bye
That’s the way it will be every day in the life of fool

Find the Perry Como Lyrics of the song Manhã de Carnaval HERE.

Albert Combrink

Albert Combrink

Download Free Sheet Music of  “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” (“Manhã de Carnaval“)

Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval) Sheet Music

Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval) Sheet Music