Brazil mourns leading composer

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

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