José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


José Maurício Nunes Garcia

Brazilian composer

Date of Birth: 20-Sep-1767

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Death: 18-Apr-1830

Profession: composer, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist

Nationality: Brazil

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About José Maurício Nunes Garcia

  • José Maurício Nunes Garcia (September 22, 1767 – April 18, 1830) was a Brazilian classical composer, one of the greatest exponents of Classicism in the Americas. Born in Rio de Janeiro, son of mulattos, Nunes Garcia lost his father at an early age.
  • His mother perceived that her son had an inclination for becoming a musician and, for this reason, improved her work to allow him to continue his musical studies. Nunes Garcia became a priest and, when prince John VI of Portugal came to Rio de Janeiro with his 15,000 people, Nunes Garcia was appointed Master of the Royal Chapel.
  • He sang and played the harpsichord, performing his compositions as well as those of other composers such as Domenico Cimarosa and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • He was a very prestigious musician in the royal court of John VI. His musical style was strongly influenced by Viennese composers of the period, such as Mozart and Haydn.
  • Today, some 240 musical pieces written by Nunes Garcia survive, and at least 170 others are known to have been lost [1].
  • Most of his compositions are sacred works, but he wrote also some secular pieces, including the opera Le due gemelle and the Tempest Symphony.

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