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Hermes Fontes

Hermes Fontes was an illustrious poet but also became element of Brazilian popular music when he wrote the lyrics towards the tango-fado “Luar de Paquetá” (music by Freire Júnior), a vintage Brazilian melody, recorded by Baiano in 1921. He collaborated in main paper and literary periodicals of Rio de Janeiro and composed the books Apoteoses (1908), Gênese (1913), Ciclo da Perfeição (1914), Mundo em Chamas (1914), Juízos Efêmeros (1916), Miragem perform Deserto (1916), Epopéia da Vida (1917), Microcosmo (1919), Lâmpada Velada (1922), and Fonte da Mata. He also composed lyrics for the tango-fado “À Beira-Mar” (music by Freire Júnior), documented by Vicente Celestino in 1922; “Iara” (by Anacleto de Medeiros); “Solidão” (by Candinho Silva); “Camponesa” (by Juca Kalut); “Entre Asas” (by Mário Álvares); and “Só Por Amor” (by Irineu de Almeida).

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