- Gabriela Cruz
(b Barcelona, March 16, 1937; d Lisbon, Feb 5, 1992). Portuguese composer and performer. She studied the piano, composition and early music at the Lisbon Conservatory, winning the composition prize in 1962 with the organ work Variações sobre o nome de Stravinsky. She later taught composition in the department of Ciências Musicais at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon. She was a pianist and percussionist, and participated in ‘scenic music’ performances. Her compositions have been presented at major European festivals, including Royan, Warsaw, Zagreb and Lisbon, and she was a founding member of Colecviva, which introduced music theatre into Portugal.
Her early works already reflected a strong attraction to novel techniques and alternative languages, for example in the Sonata concertante (1963) and Diferenças sobre um intervalo (1967), her first serial composition. But it was in the mid-1960s, when she came into contact with the music of Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Globokar and others, that Capdeville’s work became particularly experimental, laying emphasis on timbre research as in ...