Cláudio Carneyro (1895-1963), composer. Although his vocal and choral output was normous, Cláudio Carneyro dedicated a considerable amount of his work to instrumental music. After early musical studies at the Oporto Conservatory of Music, he set off for Paris in order to study composition, first with Charles Widor, then later with Paul Dukas. As a scholarship student of the Portuguese government, Cláudio Carneyro was able to travel to the United States,where he would return to at the end of his life, maintaining his contacts with Charles Munch, Aaron Copland, and Darius Milhaud. He was especially influenced by French music of the 20’s and 30’s, and the melodic and rhythmic world of Portuguese folk music left its mark in his writing as well.
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