Guarnieri, (Mozart) Camargo

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Guarnieri, (Mozart) Camargo

Guarnieri, (Mozart) Camargo, esteemed Brazilian composer, conductor, and teacher; b. Tietê, Feb. 1, 1907; d. São Paulo, Jan. 13, 1993. His father was an Italian emigrant, his mother a Brazilian. After musical instruction from his parents, he went to São Paulo in 1922 and studied with Lamberto Baldi and Mario de Andrade; later he pursued his training with Koechlin (composition) and Ruhlmann (conducting) in Paris (1938-39). Upon returning to São Paulo, he served as resident conductor of the Municipal Sym. Orch. and, from 1975, was conductor of the Univ/s Sym. Orch.; he also was engaged in teaching. Between 1941 and 1981 he made a number of visits to the U.S., occasionally appearing as a conductor of his own works. His extensive catalogue of music, skillfully crafted in a tonal style, is basically reflective of Brazilian national elements.


DRAMATIC Pedro Malazarte, comic opera (1931); O Homen Só, opera (1960). ORCH.: Suite Infantil (1929); Curucçá (1930); 5 piano concertos (1931, 1946, 1964, 1968, 1970); 2 violin concertos (1940, 1953); Encantamento (1941); Abertura Concertante (1942); 7 syms. (1944, 1944, 1954, 1963, 1977, 1981, 1985); Prólogo e Fuga (1947); Suite Brasiliana (1950); Chôw for Violin and Orch. (1952), for Clarinet and Orch. (1956), for Piano and Orch. (1956), for Cello and Orch. (1961), for Flute and Orch. (1974), for Viola and Orch. (1975), and for Bassoon and Orch. (1990); Variaçōes sobre a Tema de Nordeste for Piano and Orch. (1953); Suite IV Centendrio (1954); Suite Vila Rica (1957); Piano Concertino (1961); Seresta for Piano and Chamber Orch. (1965); Homenagem a Villa-Lobos for Wind Orch. (1966); Sequêntial Coral e Ricercare for Chamber Orch. (1966); Abertura Festiva (1971); Sarati for Piano and Orch. (1987); Sonatina for Violin and Chamber Orch. (1988). CHAMBER: 7 violin sonatas (1930, 1933,1950,1956,1959,1963,1978); 3 string quartets (1932,1944, 1962); 3 cello sonatas (1939,1955,1977); Viola Sonata (1950); Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1989); numerous piano pieces. VOCAL: Cantatas; choral pieces; more than 300 songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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