Song No. 55 — Ternura Antiga | Ribamar & Dolores Duran (1960)

Various - Festival do Rio – As Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor (1960) a

Ternura Antiga was introduced in late 1960 by Lucienne Franco at the Festival das Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor, issued on record as Festival do Rio – As Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor.

In late 1959, after Dolores Duran had died at the age of just 29, her friend Marisa Gata Mansa handed an unfinished poem of Duran over to composer and pianist Ribamar to compose a song in remembrance of her. The resulting Ternura Antiga was introduced with the highly emotional interpretation by Luciene Habib Franco Freitas Câmara who was still a relative newcomer at that time.

The Festival das Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor, sponsored by Copacabana and hosted by TV Rio, was one of the first song contests that would gain such huge popularity in the years to come. The finals took place on 10th of November 1960 at the Tijuca Tênis Clube in Rio de Janeiro, presenting the ten songs that qualified among the more of 1000 contest entries, performed by Miltinho, Jorge Goulart, Zezé Gonzaga, Roberto Silva, Ernani Filho, Carlos José, Agnaldo Rayol, Lenita Bruno. Lucienne Franco and Ted Moreno.

Ribamar & Tito MadiTernura Antiga was critically acclaimed even though the song finished as runner-up losing to Canção em Tom Maior, written by Ary Barroso and performed by Ted Moreno. Interestingly, despite this success, Lucienne Franco’s original was released in March of 1961 only as B-Side to Poema do Adeus—her version of Miltinho’s entry for the contest. It may well be because of this that Tito Madi’s rendition turned out to become the most successful version of Ternura Antiga and one of the big hits of 1961.

The subtle arrangement of the original by José Pacheco Lins aka Pachequinho was reused on both his own recording of Ternura Antiga and Lucienne Franco’s re-recording with French lyrics, titled Anciene Tendresse.

Apart from compelling vocal renditions like Franco’s original as well as the ones by Elza Laranjeira, Tito Madi, Nelson Gonçalves and Altemar Dutra, Araken Peixoto’s muted trumpet is probably the most haunting interpretation among the instrumental versions.

Ribamar himself recorded Ternura Antiga not until 1969, when he dedicated an entire album to the songs of Dolores Duran.

Selected recordings of Ternura Antiga:

1. Lucienne Franco from the album Festival do Rio – As Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor (1960, Copacabana CLP 11172) and the single Poema do Adeus b/w Ternura Antiga (1961, Copacabana 6.226)

Various - Festival do Rio – As Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor (1960) a    Various - Festival do Rio – As Dez Mais Lindas Canções de Amor (1960) b

2. Pachequinho from the album Música do Coração (1961, Copacabana CLP 11202)

Pachequinho - Música do Coração (1961) a    Pachequinho - Música do Coração (1961) b
Art work for Música do Coração by Sérgio Malta

3. Tito Madi from the album Romance (1961, Columbia LPCB 37197)

Tito Madi - Romance (1961) a    Tito Madi - Romance (1961) b

4. Elza Laranjeira from the album Elza Laranjeira Canta Sucessos (1961, RGE XRLP 5133)

Elza Laranjeira — Elza Laranjeira Canta Sucessos (a)    Elza Laranjeira — Elza Laranjeira Canta Sucessos (b)

5. Severino Araújo from the album Dance o Chá Chá Chá (1961, Continental LPP 3191)

Severino Araújo - Dance o Chá Chá Chá (1961) a    Severino Araújo - Dance o Chá Chá Chá (1961) b

6. Araken Peixoto from the album Araken Ontem e Hoje (1961, Discos Drink LP-DF-13.012)

Araken Peixoto - Araken Ontem e Hoje (1961) a    Araken Peixoto - Araken Ontem e Hoje (1961) b

7. Marisa Gata Mansa from the album Little Club Apresenta Marisa (1962, Copacabana CLP 11257)

Marisa Gata Mansa - Little Club Apresenta Marisa (1962)

8. Francisco José from the album Francisco José e os Sucessos de Ouro da Música Romântica Brasileira (1962, Philips P 632.100 L)

Francisco José - Francisco José e os Sucessos de Ouro da Música Romântica Brasileira (1962)

9. Lucienne Franco from the album Pelos Caminhos do Mundo (1963, Copacabana  CLP 11309)

Lucienne Franco - Pelos Caminhos do Mundo (1963)

10. Nelson Gonçalves from the album Na voz de Nelson Gonçalves (1963, RCA Victor BBL 1231)

Nelson Gonçalves - Na Voz de Nelson Gonçalves (1963) a    Nelson Gonçalves - Na Voz de Nelson Gonçalves (1963) b

11. Altemar Dutra from the EP Mensagem de Altemar Dutra (1968, Odeon DP-404) and the album O Romântico (1970, Odeon MOFB 3624)

Altemar Dutra - O Romântico (1970) a    Altemar Dutra - O Romântico (1970) b

12. Ribamar from the album Ribamar Interpreta Dolores Duran (1969, RCA Camden CALB 5231)

Ribamar — Ribamar Interpreta Dolores Duran (a)    Ribamar — Ribamar Interpreta Dolores Duran (b)

13. Waleska from the album Waleska na Fossa (1971, Copacabana CLP 11657)

Waleska - Waleska na Fossa (1971) a    Waleska - Waleska na Fossa (1971) b
Art work for Waleska na Fossa by Ciro Ney with photograph by Mafra

14. Áurea Martins from the album O Amor em Paz (1972, RCA Camden 107.0129)

Áurea Martins - O Amor em Paz (1972)

Selected medleys including Ternura Antiga:

1. Sandoval Dias from the album Sandoval Dias e Seu Sax Dançante (1962, Philips P 632.109 L)

Sandoval Dias - Sandoval Dias e Seu Sax Dançante (1962) a    Sandoval Dias - Sandoval Dias e Seu Sax Dançante (1962) b
Art work for Sandoval Dias e Seu Sax Dançante by Paulo Brèves with photograph by Mafra

2. Gerson King Combo, Amaro & Os Diagonais from the album Brazilian Soul (1970, Polydor LPNG 44.057)

Gerson King Combo, Turma do Soul, Amaro & Os Diagonais - Brazilian Soul (1970) a    Gerson King Combo, Turma do Soul, Amaro & Os Diagonais - Brazilian Soul (1970) b
Art work for Brazilian Soul by Nilo Jorge with photograph by Gil Prates

3. Quarteto em Cy from the album Antologia so Samba Canção (1975, Philips 6349 133)

Quarteto em Cy - Antologia do Samba Canção (1975) a    Quarteto em Cy - Antologia do Samba Canção (1975) b

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TERNURA ANTIGA

Ai, a rua escura, o vento frio • Esta saudade, este vazio • Esta vontade de chorar

Ai, tua distância tão amiga • Esta ternura tão antiga • E o desencanto de esperar

Sim, eu não te amo porque quero • Ai, se eu pudesse esqueceria • Vivo, e vivo só porque te espero • Ai, esta amargura, esta agonia

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5 thoughts on “Song No. 55 — Ternura Antiga | Ribamar & Dolores Duran (1960)

  1. Thank you for the many wonderful versions of this tune! There really must have been something magical about Dolores Duran’s poetry. Her lyrics are behind some of my favourite Samba Cançãos, (Pela Rua, A Noite do Meu Bem and of course… Ternura Antiga).

    Elza Laranjeira is a force of nature. What an incredible singer. Also I like the arpeggiated guitar line that opens Tito Madi’s version. It’s reminiscent of Mr. Sandman.

    The cha-cha by Severino Araújo is very exotic and has a middle-eastern feel to the melody.

    Nice stuff Andreas :)

    1. I am very pleased to read that you appreciate Elza Laranjeira because she is one of my favourite singers and in my view not as well known as she should be. Be sure to listen to some of her other songs like her haunting renditions of Derradeira Primavera and Serenata de Adeus, the latter performed with both her pitches of the voice as a duet.

  2. Everyday I thank God you introduced her music to me Andreas! I have both those songs you mentioned. I purchased her album “A Música de Jobim e Vinicius” from iTunes.

    And I absolutely adore her double vocals on Serenata do Adeus. Funny you bring that up… because I was totally digging that tune on my recent northern road trip.

    If you ever wanted to feature the song “A Noite do Meu Bem” on your website, I promise not to complain :)

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