Martins, Maria de Lurdes (Clara da Silva)
- Sérgio Azevedo
(Clara da Silva)
(b Lisbon, May 26, 1926; d August 31, 2009). Portuguese composer. She studied at the Lisbon Conservatory with her mother Maria Helena Martins. There she finished the higher degree in piano and composition in 1949, having worked with Artur Santos, Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Marcos Garin and Santiago Kastner. Between 1959 and 1960 she obtained a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to study composition at the Munich Hochschule für Musik with Genzmer and also attended courses with Stockhausen in Darmstadt. She attended seminars with Maderna and obtained a diploma in Orff-Schulwerk at the Salzburg Mozarteum (1965). She also attended many courses abroad dedicated to methods of music learning by children (Kodály, Orff). She served as the founder-president of the Portuguese Musical Education Association (1972) and founder-director of the Torres Vedras Music School (1978–83). She taught at the Lisbon Conservatory (1983–96...