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M. Camargo Guarnieri

1 feb 1907 (Tietê) - 13 jan 1993 (São Paulo)
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Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (February 1, 1907 Tietê, São Paulo – January 13, 1993 São Paulo) was a Brazilian composer.



He was registered at birth as Mozart Guarnieri, but when he began a musical career, he decided his first name was too pretentious and subject to puns. Thus he adopted his mother's maiden name Camargo as a middle name, and thenceforth signed himself M. Camargo Guarnieri. In 1948, he legally changed his name to Mozart Camargo Guarnieri, but continued to sign only the initial of his first name. One of his brothers was named Rossine, a Portuguese misspelling of Rossini Guarnieri, another one Verdi Guarnieri.


He studied piano and composition at the São Paulo Conservatório, and subsequently worked with Charles Koechlin in Paris. Some of his compositions received important prizes in the United States in the 1940s, giving Guarnieri the opportunity of conducting them in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. A distinguished figure of the Brazilian national school, he served in several capacities; conductor of the São Paulo Orchestra, member of the Academia Brasileira de Música, and Director of the São Paulo Conservatório, where he taught composition and orchestral conducting. In 1936 he was the first conductor of the Coral Paulistano choir. His œuvre comprises symphonies, concertos, cantatas, two operas, chamber music, many piano pieces, and over fifty canções. He is universally recognised as the most important Brazilian composer after Heitor Villa-Lobos. Shortly before his death in 1993, he was awarded the Gabriela Mistral Prize by the Organization of American States as the greatest contemporary composer of the Americas.

He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.[1][not in citation given]




  • Symphonies
    • Symphony No. 1
    • Symphony No. 2 "Uirapuru"
    • Symphony No. 3
    • Symphony No. 4 "Brasília"
    • Symphony No. 5
    • Symphony No. 6
  • Overtures
    • Abertura Concertante (1942)
    • Abertura Festiva (1971)
  • Suites
    • Suite infantil (1929)
    • Suite IV Centenario (1954)
    • Suite Vila Rica (1957), taken from the music for the film "Rebelião em Vila Rica"


  • Piano
    • Piano Concerto No. 1 (1931)
    • Piano Concerto No. 2 (1946)
    • Piano Concerto No. 3 (1964)
    • Piano Concerto No. 4 (1968)
    • Piano Concerto No. 5 (1970)
    • Piano Concerto No. 6 (1987)
    • Variations (Variações sobre um tema nordestino) for Piano and Orchestra (1953)
  • Violin
    • Violin Concerto No. 1 (1940)
    • Violin Concerto No. 2 (1952)


  • String Quartets
    • String Quartet No. 1 (1932)
    • String Quartet No. 2 (1944)
    • String Quartet No. 3 (1962)
  • Cello Sonatas
    • Cello Sonata No. 1 (1931)
    • Cello Sonata No. 2 (1955)
    • Cello Sonata No. 3 (1977)
  • Violin Sonatas
    • Violin Sonata No. 1
    • Violin Sonata No. 2
    • Violin Sonata No. 3
    • Violin Sonata No. 4
    • Violin Sonata No. 5
    • Violin Sonata No. 6
    • Violin Sonata No. 7
  • Viola Sonata


  • Flavio Silva: Camargo Guarnieri - O tempo e a musica. Fundacion Nacional de Arte-Funarte. 2001.
  • Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: Livro - O Tempo E A Musica Editora: Imesp. 672 p. 2001 ISBN 8575070096
  • Marion Verhaalen: Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian Composer. Indiana University Press. 2005.

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