ALBERTO NEPOMUCENO (1864 - 1920)
Alberto Nepomuceno occupies an important position as a pioneer of Brazilian music, indebted to his teacher Fonseca, and active in his encouragement of the young Villa-Lobos. A period in Europe brought study in Berlin, lessons with the organist Guilmant in Paris, and contact with Brahms and, significantly, Grieg, one of whose pupils became his wife. He enjoyed a distinguished career in Brazil as a teacher, conductor and composer. His compositions include choral works, songs, operas, chamber and orchestral music.
Nepomuceno’s musical language owes much to European tradition, from which Brazilian music was gradually emerging.