Soveral, Isabel (Maria Machado Abranches de)
- Sérgio Azevedo
(Maria Machado Abranches de)
(b Oporto, Dec 25, 1961). Portuguese composer. She studied with Peixinho (from 1983), and later attended piano and composition courses at the Lisbon Conservatory, where her composition teacher was Joly Braga Santos. In 1988 she attended the New York State University, Stony Brook, with grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Luso-American Foundation for Development and the Ministry of Culture, obtaining a PhD in composition under the supervision of Arel and Semegen. On her return to Portugal she was appointed to the staff of the University of Aveiro, where she now lectures.
Soveral's earlier compositions are clearly influenced by Peixinho's strong personality. Her music contains a feminine lyricism that prefers an oneiric atmosphere to a more solid constructivism. The composer has denounced her early music, among which are several electronic works, for their dryness and their superficial adherence to avant-garde academicism. In her more recent works, notably the incomplete cycle ...