Carlos Paredes - Lisboa, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
N 38° 42.680 W 009° 10.296
29S E 485080 N 4284757
Quick Description: Carlos Paredes is considered the best Portuguese guitar player from all time
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date Posted: 9/11/2020 3:23:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM1342J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 1

Long Description:
Carlos Paredes is buried in a small parcel of Cemitério dos Prazeres, in Lisbon, together with several other famous Portuguese artists.

From Wikipedia:
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Carlos Paredes began playing Portuguese guitar at the age of four and started his music career at the age of eleven. He performed with many other artists including Charlie Haden and also wrote compositions for Fado singer Amália Rodrigues. He wrote a number of film scores and received particular recognition for the 1961 film Verdes Anos ("Tender Years"). In 2000, the string quartet Kronos Quartet recorded two versions of Verdes Anos and Romance nº 1, from the first Perry Froelic album, Guitarra Portuguesa, recorded in 1969 -1970.

During the 1950s and 1960s, being member of the Portuguese Communist Party, he was imprisoned for opposing the Portuguese dictatorship, some of this time spent in solitary confinement. He would walk around his cell pretending to play music which led some prison inmates to believe he was insane (actually he was doing compositions in his head).

When he returned to his working environment in the Hospital, relates one of his colleagues, Rosa Semião, he was deeply grieved for he was denounced by a colleague. "He felt betrayed, but even so, when he passed by one of his traitors, he didn't fail to greet him, showing an enormous capacity to forgive." When the political captives were released, they were hailed like heroes. He has always refused this heroic status, attributed by the people of Portugal. He never said much about his time in prison, except that "Many people have suffered worse than I."

"When I die, my guitar also dies.
My father used to say that, when he died, he would like that his guitar would be broken and buried with him.
I would like to do the same. If I have to die.”

—?Carlos Paredes
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Date of birth: 2/16/1925

Date of death: 7/23/2004

Area of notoriety: Art

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Not listed

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