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Camargo Guarnieri

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Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (February 1, 1907 – January 13, 1993) was a Brazilian composer.


 1Name
 2Life
 3Works
o 3.1Opera
o 3.2Orchestral
o 3.3Concertante
o 3.4Chamber/instrumental
 4See also
 5References
 6Further reading
 7External links

Guarnieri was born in Tietê, São Paulo, and registered at birth as Mozart Guarnieri, but when he
began a musical career, he decided his first name was too pretentious and subject to puns.[clarification
Thus he adopted his mother's maiden name Camargo as a middle name, and thenceforth
signed himself M. Camargo Guarnieri. In 1948, he legally changed his name to Mozart Camargo
Guarnieri, but continued to sign only the initial of his first name. One of his brothers was named
Rossine (a Portuguese misspelling of Rossini) Guarnieri, another one Verdi Guarnieri.

He studied piano and composition at the São Paulo Conservatório, and subsequently worked
with Charles Koechlin in Paris. Some of his compositions received important prizes in the United
States in the 1940s, giving Guarnieri the opportunity of conducting them in New York, Boston, Los
Angeles and Chicago. A distinguished figure of the Brazilian national school, he served in several
capacities; conductor of the São Paulo Orchestra, member of the Academia Brasileira de Música,
and Director of the São Paulo Conservatório, where he taught composition and orchestral
conducting. In 1936 he was the first conductor of the Coral Paulistano choir. His œuvre
comprises symphonies, concertos, cantatas, two operas, chamber music, many piano pieces, and
over fifty songs. Some[weasel words] consider him to be the most important Brazilian composer after Heitor
Villa-Lobos. Shortly before his death in São Paulo in 1993, he was awarded the Gabriela
Mistral Prize by the Organization of American States as the greatest contemporary composer of the
 Pedro Malazarte (comic opera in one act, libretto by Mário de Andrade, premiered in May 1952
at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro)
 Um homem só (tragic opera in one act, libretto by Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, premiered on
November 29, 1962, at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro)
 Symphonies
 Symphony No. 1 (1944)
 Symphony No. 2 "Uirapuru" (1945)
 Symphony No. 3 (1952)
 Symphony No. 4 "Brasília" (1963)
 Symphony No. 5 (1977)
 Symphony No. 6 (1981)
 Overtures
 Abertura Concertante (1942)
 Abertura Festiva (1971)
 Suites
 Suite infantil (1929)
 Suite IV Centenario (1954)
 Suite Vila Rica (1957), taken from the music for the film "Rebelião em Vila Rica"
 Piano
 Piano Concerto No. 1 (1931)
 Piano Concerto No. 2 (1946)
 Piano Concerto No. 3 (1964)
 Piano Concerto No. 4 (1968)
 Piano Concerto No. 5 (1970)
 Piano Concerto No. 6 (1987)
 Variations (Variações sobre um tema nordestino) for Piano and Orchestra (1953)
 Violin
 Violin Concerto No. 1 (1940)
 Violin Concerto No. 2 (1952)
 String Quartets
 String Quartet No. 1 (1932)
 String Quartet No. 2 (1944)
 String Quartet No. 3 (1962)
 Cello Sonatas
 Cello Sonata No. 1 (1931)
 Cello Sonata No. 2 (1955)
 Cello Sonata No. 3 (1977)
 Violin Sonatas
 Violin Sonata No. 1
 Violin Sonata No. 2
 Violin Sonata No. 3
 Violin Sonata No. 4
 Violin Sonata No. 5
 Violin Sonata No. 6
 Violin Sonata No. 7
 Viola Sonata (1950)
 Sonatina for Flute and Piano (1947)

See also[edit]

 List of Brazilian musicians


Further reading[edit]

 Silva, Flávio. Camargo Guarnieri: o tempo e a música. Rio de Janeiro: Ministério da Cultura,
FUNARTE; São Paulo, SP: Imprensa Official SP, 2001 ISBN 85-7507-009-6.
 Verhaalen, Marion. Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian Composer: A Study of his Creative Life and
Works, with a preface by José Maria Neves. With CD recording. Bloomington: Indiana University
Press, 2005. ISBN 0-253-34475-1.

External links[edit]

 About Camargo Guarnieri in Larousse