Carlos Paredes

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About Carlos Paredes
Carlos Paredes, ComSE, (Portuguese pronunciation: ˈkaɾluʃ pɐˈɾedɨʃ; February 16, 1925–July 23, 2004) was a virtuoso Portuguese guitar player, born in Coimbra, son of the equally famous Artur Paredes. He is credited with popularising the medium internationally during the 20th century, being frequently considered to be the most talented Portuguese musician in the 20th century. For the way he played, he was known as the "Man with a Thousand Fingers".He began playing guitar at the age of 4 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." He suffered from myelopathy, a nerve disorder that prevented him from playing for the last eleven years of his life, until is death he felt no anger or sadness towards not being able to play the guitar, but always refused to hear his own music on record. He died in a nursing home from kidney failure. "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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1. Carlos Paredes 15087
2. Amália Rodrigues 34
3. Ricardo Azevedo 19
4. Roberto Leal 7
5. Alfredo Marceneiro 7
6. Jose Afonso 0

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88. Diana Haddad 15896
89. Dariush Eghbali 15725
90. Moein 15461
91. Isaignani Ilayaraja 15399
92. Carlos Paredes 15087
93. Tuluyhan Uğurlu 14787
94. Zenz Aftimos 14677
95. Dima Bilan 14316
96. Fryderyk Chopin 14253

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