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Mariz, Vasco

Mariz, Vasco

Mariz, Vasco, Brazilian musicologist and diplomat; b. Rio de Janeiro, Jan. 22, 1921. He was a student of Lorenzo Fernández, Vera Janacópulos, Francisco Mi-gnone, and Ernest Tempele at the Conservatòrio Brasileiro de Música in Rio de Janeiro. He also studied law at the Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (DJ., 1943). In 1945 he sang bass roles in Mozart’s operas in Porto Alegre, and in 1947 made his recital debut in Rio de Janeiro. However, after entering the Brazilian diplomatic service in 1945, he devoted himself mainly to a dual career as a diplomat and musicologist. Following diplomatic posts in Oporto, Portugal (1948–49) and Belgrade (1950–51), he was consul in Rosario, Argentina (1951–54) and Naples (1956–58). From 1959 to 1962 he was cultural affairs officer at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In 1969–70 he was the Brazilian asst. secretary of state for cultural affairs. He subsequently served as Brazil’s ambassador to Israel (1977–82), Peru (1983–84), and Germany (1985–87).

Writings

A Canção da câmara no Brasil (Oporto, 1948; rev. and enl. ed., 1959, as A canção brasileira: Eruita folclórica e popular, 5th ed., 1985); Figuras da música brasileira contemporânea (Oporto, 1948; 2nd ed., 1970); Dicionário bio-bibliográfico musical (brasileiro e internacional) (Rio de Janeiro, 1948; new ed., 1985, as Dicionário bio-bibliográfico musical: Compositores intérpretes e musicólogos; 3rded., 1991); Heitor Vüla-Lobos (Rio de Janeiro, 1949; IIth ed., 1990); Vida musical I (Oporto, 1950); Alberto Ginastera, en adhesion a la fecha nacional argentina (Rosario, 1954); Vida musical II (Rio de Janeiro, 1970); História de musica no Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, 1981; 4th ed., 1994); Très musicólogos brasileiros: Mário de Andrade, Renato Almeida, Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo (Rio de Janeiro, 1983); Cláudio Santoro (Rio de Janeiro, 1994).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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