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An esteemed teacher and conductor as well as a composer, Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993) was one of the dominant figures in Brazilian music in the 20th century. He was an ardent nationalist, using many elements of Brazilian popular and folk music in his compositions. He wrote in all genres, including two operas, seven symphonies, and six piano concertos, but is best known for his many solo songs and piano pieces.
One of his earliest pieces was a short Dansa brasileira for solo piano, composed in 1928. Three years later he orchestrated it, creating a fleet, vivacious showpiece based on Brazilian rhythms and melodic gestures.
- John Henken is the Philharmonic's Director of Publications./p>