Fernando Lopes-Graça (1906 - 1994)

Lopes-Graça (b. 1906; d. 1994) is a major landmark  in twentieth century Portuguese culture. His work congregated musical creation, pedagogy, criticism, musicology and civic intervention. His public image is inseparable from his high profile participation in debates pioneered by the intellectuals of his day in Portugal. Above all, he left an impressive musical catalogue for posterity, dating from 1927 until his death in 1994.

In contrast to the general conservative musical tendencies in place at the time in Portugal, Lopes-Graça proceeded along the difficult path of modernity, by renovating musical language.

From his early years, his inner desire to “depict the eternal depths of the human soul in musical terms” led him to take serious consideration of the ethical and political implications of his creative decisions. His endeavours in the field of composition are therefore invested with a sense of seriousness based on both the exploration of new paths of musical expression and the development of the legacy of erudite and popular musical traditions.

This composer has 24 works on AvA:

Orchestra (6)

Wind Band (1)

Ensemble (1)

Chamber Music (5)

Woodwinds (3)

Strings (8)

Piano (6)

Harpsichord (1)

Children Music (1)