RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Defying the received wisdom of his time that Italian was the only language suitable for art song, Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) dared to embrace Portuguese and folk genres such as samba in the process of creating a truly Brazilian tradition of classical music.
A century after his death in Rio de Janeiro at age 56, the “father of Brazilian music” remains unknown to many of his compatriots.
“Among the principal characteristics of the maestro is that he devoted himself to writing music with a nationalist aim that encompassed the pluri-culture of Brazil,” Edwin Pitre Vasquez . . .