Carvalho (Muricy) Dinorá (Gontijo) de
- Irati Antonio
- and John M. Schechter
(b Uberaba, 1 ?June 1904; d São Paulo, Feb 28, 1980). Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor. She studied at the São Paulo Conservatory with Lamberto Baldi (composition), Martin Braunwieser (harmony) and Ernst Mehlich (conducting). She also studied the piano, both at the conservatory and later in Paris with Isidore Philipp. While in Europe she undertook a concert tour, principally through Italy, and on her return home in 1926 toured Brazil. She founded and directed the Orquestra Feminina of São Paulo, the first ensemble of its kind in Latin America. Her awards include the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte prizes of 1969, 1971 and 1975. She was the first woman to be elected to the Academia Brasileira de Música. Her approximately 400 compositions are primarily nationalist in character, being strongly influenced by Brazilian folk music; they include ballets, theatre music, works for orchestra, chorus and chamber ensemble, songs and many piano pieces. From nationalism and traditional musical language Carvalho passed to a more modern style, embracing atonality and serialism in the last period. A catalogue of her works was published by the Ministério das Relações Exteriores (Brazil, ...