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How Insensitive

A bossa nova jazz standard composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, loosely based on Frédéric Chopin's Prelude No.4.

PUBLISHED: May 20, 2013 • UPDATED: May 20, 2013 • VIEWS: 60 • LESSON CODE: UL556

Instruments: ukulele leadsheet playalong ANY Subjects: bossajazzrepertoirelatin

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Insensatez **(usually translated to **How Insensitive in English, although the Portuguese word really means 'absurdity' or 'folly') is a bossa nova jazz standard composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, loosely based on Frédéric Chopin's Prelude No.4 with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. The English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel.


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