Almir Chediak, an arranger, producer, composer and publisher who was one of the most important behind-the-scenes figures in Brazilian popular music over the last 20 years, died late Sunday in a robbery attempt at his weekend home in the mountains north of here. He was 52 and lived in Rio. The police said Mr. Chediak was shot to death by robbers who broke into his country house thinking he had already returned to Rio and feared that he had recognized one of them. Two men have been arrested, one of whom was the caretaker of a neighboring house, but both accuse the other of having shot Mr.
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Almir Chediak, an arranger, producer, composer and publisher who was one of the most important behind-the-scenes figures in Brazilian popular music over the last 20 years, died late Sunday in a robbery attempt at his weekend home in the mountains north of here. He was 52 and lived in Rio. The police said Mr. Chediak was shot to death by robbers who broke into his country house thinking he had already returned to Rio and feared that he had recognized one of them.
Two men have been arrested, one of whom was the caretaker of a neighboring house, but both accuse the other of having shot Mr. Though not widely known to the public here or abroad, Mr. Chediak had a huge reputation among Brazilian musicians. Nearly every well-known artist to emerge here since the bossa nova movement of the 's and the tropicalista movement of the 's had called on Mr.
Chediak to notate, organize or record their work or had studied music theory with him. Chediak was born into a Lebanese immigrant family here on June 21, He showed an early aptitude for music, starting guitar lessons at 7, working professionally as a guitar instructor by the time he was 17 and later scoring soundtracks for films and writing string and horn arrangements for recording sessions. But Mr. Chediak's most significant contribution to Brazilian popular music was introducing the precise transcription of the complete lyrics, melodies and harmonies of leading composers for publication in songbooks.
The idea was born when Mr. Chediak was giving guitar lessons to the son of Caetano Veloso in the mid's and found that Mr. Veloso was often at a loss to remember what chords he had played or the words he had sung on a particular song. Veloso recalled in an interview late last year. Veloso's songs. Later songbooks by other artists were often accompanied by CD's that had new and innovative versions of the songs performed by other leading names of Brazilian popular music.
He produced those albums, and was widely praised for rescuing obscure songs and for persuading artists to record songs that were thought to be at odds with their usual styles or public images. Thanks to Mr. Chediak's efforts, he added, ''we can now sing and play the songs, with their proper harmonies whenever we want, and that is wonderful. In all, Mr. Gil is now minister of culture in the government that took office in January, and he paid tribute today to the importance of Mr.
Chediak and his work. Gil said in an official statement, adding that because of his efforts musical compositions ''will always be available for the use of future generations.
Chediak was also much sought after as a guitar teacher. Chediak published musical theory books that are widely used here. Two of his works, published in the 's, the Dictionary of Notated Chords and ''Methods of Harmony and Improvisation,'' have been influential in training the generation of young Brazilian musicians now entering their prime.
When Mr. Chediak was buried at a cemetery here on Tuesday, dozens of singers and musicians sang songs that he had produced or notated and expressed hope that someone would carry on his work. Home Page World U.
Almir Chediak, 52, Preserver Of Brazil's Classic Pop Songs
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Almir Santana Chediak June 21, — May 25, was a Brazilian musical producer , entrepreneur , publisher , guitarist , teacher , composer , writer and researcher. Almir Chediak was born into a Lebanese immigrant family and grew up on the state of Minas Gerais. As he moved to live in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 13, he started studying guitar under the instructions of reputed guitarist of that time Dino 7 Cordas. Still young, he recorded a single with the actress and Belgian model living in Brazil Annik Malvil , introducer of the little tube dress fashion in the s. In , Almir Chediak launched his first book "The Dictionary of Notated Chords"  and in he founded his own publishing house, the "Lumiar Record".