Brazil mourns leading composer

Brazil mourns leading composer


norman lebrecht

January 02, 2016

Gilberto Mendes passed away on January 1 morning in Santos at the age of 93.

A pioneer of Bossa Nova, he founded the Musica Nova Festival.

As a young man he studied in Darmstadt with Boulez and Stockhausen.

Gilberto Mendes


  • Arthur Nestrovski says:

    Just for the record, Norman: this is the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Choir (Coro da Osesp), conducted by Naomi Munakata, at Sala São Paulo.

  • Carmen-Helena Tellez says:

    A brilliant example of Latin America’s special brand of experimental modernism…a genuine Brazilian voice!

  • Eddie Mars says:

    Proof that its quite possible to recover from the creative stupefaction of the Darmstadt hellhole 🙂