Author Topic: Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994  (Read 1563 times)

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Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:40:55 AM »
There is no 'Portuguese Composer's' thread so I thought I'd place this here. Often when I impulse buy a Naxos CD I play it once or twice and then forget about it - but not this one, which I have already played about 8 times in a week.  I am referring to the 'Symphony for Orchestra' - a super work IMHO which shows the influence of Portuguese folk music but also Prokofiev, Bartok and Falla, although it still sounds original. I loved the last movement of the symphony ('Passacaglia')evidently based on that of Brahms's Symphony No 4, with its repeated theme which stays in the mind and which rises to a great climax, with a redemptive ending. Although quite different I was reminded a bit of 'the long struggle to the sunrise' at the end of Allan Pettersson's 6th Symphony, although the Lopes-Graca is written in a more conservative idiom. I think that it would appeal to admirers of J. Braga Santos (although it is quite different). I think that the Symphony is a fine work and well worth exploring. I see that there are some piano concertos by Lopes Braca on Naxos too.

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Re: Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2014, 03:53:43 AM »
CHAMBER MUSIC
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Sonatina no.1, vn, pf, 1931, rev. 1951;
Sonatina no.2, vn, pf, 1931, rev. 1970;
Pf Qt, 1939, rev. 1963;
Prelúdio, capricho e galope, vn, pf, 1941, rev. 1951, 1964;
3 canções populares portuguesas, vc, pf, 1953;
Página esquecida, vc, pf, 1955;
3 peças, vn, pf, 1959;
Pequeno tríptico, vn, pf, 1960;
Prelúdio e fuga, vn, 1960; Canto de amor e de morte, pf qnt, 1961, orchd 1962;
Para uma criança que vai nascer, ens, 1961;
4 invenções, vc, 1961;
Str Qt no.1, 1964;
Adagio ed alla danza, vc, pf, 1965
Suite rústica no.2, str qt, 1965;
14 anotações, str qt, 1966;
7 lembranças para vieira da Silva,
wind qnt, 1966;
Prelúdio e baileto, gui, 1968;
O túmulo de VillaLobos, wind qnt, 1970;
3 inflorescênias, vc, 1973;
Sonatina, gui, 1974;
3 cappricetti, fl, gui, 1975;
3 cappricetti, fl, gui, 1975;
2 Airs, fl, 1976;
2 movimentos, fl, 1977;
4 Pieces, gui, 1979;
4 Pieces, va, 1978;
Melodias rústicas portuguesas, fl, gui, 1979;
4 miniaturas, vn, pf, 1980;
3 pequenos duos, fl, gui, 1980;
Esponsais, vn, 1981;
7 apotegmas, ob, va, db, pf, 1981;
Str Qt no.2, 1982;
Andante e allegro, fl, pf, 1984;
Homenagem a Beethoven, 4 db, 1986;
Geórgicas, ob, va, db, pf, 1986;
Adagio doloroso e fantasia, vn, pf, 1988
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Re: Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2014, 03:55:38 AM »
ORCHESTRAL PIECES
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Pf Conc. no.1, 1940;
3 danças portuguesas, 1941;
Pf Conc. no.2, 1942, rev. 1954;
Sinfonia, 1944;
5 estelas funerárias, 1948;
Scherzo heróico, 1949;
Suite rústica no.1, 1950–51;
5 velhos romances portugueses, chbr orch, 1951–5;
Concertino, pf, str, perc, 1954;
Marcha festiva, 1954, rev. 1974;
Divertimento, wind, timp, vcs, dbs, 1957;
A menina do mar, chbr orch, 1959;
Gabriela, cravo e canela, ov., 1960–63;
Va Concertino, 1962;
Poema de dezembro, 1961;
Conc. da camera, vc, orch, 1965;
4 bosquejos, str, 1965;
Fantasia sobre um canto religioso da Beira Baixa, pf, orch, 1974;
Suite rústica no.3, wind band, 1977;
Sinfonieta (Homenagem a Haydn), orch, 1980;
Em louvor da paz, 1986
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Re: Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994, piano music
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2014, 03:58:36 AM »
He composed six piano sonatas and numberous other works for piano.
Also, a solo harpsichord piece and a sonatina for guitar ........ "In memoriam Bela Bartok" for piano - who was one of his big inspirations.
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Re: Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 09:47:02 AM »
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://www.vidaslusofonas.pt/lopes_graca.htm&prev=/search%3Fq%3DFernando%2BLopes-Graca

There's also http://mic.pt/dispatcher?where=0&what=2&show=0&pessoa_id=199&lang=en

I met Lopes-Graça when I was very young, in the late 70s. An uncle of mine, a professional musician, was very good friends with him. Good memories, although his music never stirred me.
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Re: Fernando Lopes-Graca 1906-1994
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014, 12:29:30 AM »
There's also http://mic.pt/dispatcher?where=0&what=2&show=0&pessoa_id=199&lang=en

I met Lopes-Graça when I was very young, in the late 70s. An uncle of mine, a professional musician, was very good friends with him. Good memories, although his music never stirred me.

That's very interesting. I greatly enjoy the Symphony for Orchestra which I find to be a powerful. Moving and memorable work, perhaps reflecting its time of composition (1944).
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).