Alberto Nepomuceno, “Father of Brazilian Music”, Remembered on Centenary of His Death

The tributes to Nepomuceno have included a concert of his art songs by two contemporary icons of Brazilian classical music, baritone Caê Vieira and pianist Silas Barbosa, at Rio de Janeiro Federal University.

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 . . .

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