Gilberto Mendes

Ulysses in Copacabana . . . Surfing with James Joyce and Dorothy Lamour


Gilberto Mendes (b. 1922)
Born the same year as Ulysses, Mendes is a Brazilian composer influenced by Villa-Lobos and educated at the Musical Conservatory of Santos in Brazil. Later studied composition in Darmstadt with Henri Pousseur, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. One of the founders of the Santos Festival of New Music, he was formerly on the faculty of the University of Brasilia and a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin (1978-1979) and the University of Texas at Austin (1982-1983). Currently Mendes is professor of music at the University of São Paulo.

Ulysses em Copacabana ... surfando com James Joyce e Dorothy Lamour -- (1988). For piano, two violins, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and alto saxophone.

Links/CDs/Sound Samples

You can read more about Mendes on his Bio Page at New Consonant Music, where you can also hear a sound sample of his piece, Estudo Magno.

--A. Ruch
& Bill Winter
15 December 2000
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