Brazil mourns a beloved bassoon

Brazil mourns a beloved bassoon


norman lebrecht

March 05, 2018

Brazilian musicians are in mourning for the French-born bassoonist Noel Devos, who died at the weekend, aged 89.

Devos (born Calais, October 8, 1929) was brought to Rio in 1952 by Eleazar de Carvalho, with aid from Unesco, to play in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

He inspired works from dozens of Brazilian composers and played with such conductors as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim.



  • Michael Comins says:

    If his birthdate is correct, he would’ve been 89. Perhaps a new abacus is in order.