Duprat, Rogério (1932–2006)

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Duprat, Rogério (1932–2006)

Rogério Duprat (b. 7 February 1932, d. 26 October 2006), Brazilian composer. Born in Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, Duprat studied philosophy at São Paulo University. He also studied music theory, harmony, and composition with Olivier Toni and Cláudio Santoro and cello with Varoli at the Villalobos Conservatory in São Paulo (1952–1960). From 1953 to 1963 he was a cellist with the São Paulo Municipal Orchestra and took summer courses at Darmstadt, Germany. He also studied electronic music at studios in Cologne, Paris, and Karlsruhe under Stockhausen, Ligeti, Boulez, and Pousseur. Duprat returned to São Paulo, where he cofounded the Estadual Orchestra and the São Paulo Chamber Orchestra; for the latter he was the director of an experimental music group. His early style was nationalist but later he turned to twelve-tone, serial, and electronic music. In 1963 he formed the group Música Nova with Gilberto Mendes, Willy Correia de Oliveira, and Damiano Cozzella, manifesting strict devotion to contemporary and avant-garde trends. He composed music for television and collaborated with members of the musical movement Tropicália, arranging the music for many albums by the Tropicálistas including the classic Tropicália ou Panis et Circenses; and he also taught at the University of Brazil. Late in life he was forced to refrain from much musical activity due to hearing difficulties.

See alsoMusic: Art Music .


R. Duprat, "En torno al pronunciamiento" in Revista musical chilena xvii/86 (1963): 30, 33.

John Vinton, ed., Dictionary of Contemporary Music (1974); New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, vol. 5 (1980).

Additional Bibliography

Gaúna, Regiane. Rogério Duprat: Sonoridades múltiplas. São Paulo: Editora UNESP, 2001.

Moehn, Frederick. "Colonial-Era Brazilian Music: A Review Essay of Recent Recordings." Notes 62: 2 (2005), 448-472.

Veloso, Caetano, and Barbara Einzig. Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil. New York: Knopf, 2002.

                                          Susana Salgado