Rosa (Franco), (Maria) Clotilde (Belo de Carvalho )
- Manuel Pedro Ferreira
(Belo de Carvalho )
(b Lisbon, May 11, 1930). Portuguese harpist and composer. Educated at the Lisbon Conservatory (1942–9), she played the harp as a freelancer until 1963, when she went to study in the Netherlands. She joined the Oporto RO (1965), then the Lisbon RO (1969), where she remained until its extinction in 1991. In 1987 she was appointed a teacher at the Lisbon Conservatory.
Rosa's visit to the Netherlands exposed her to contemporary musical trends that had barely reached Portugal. Through repeated visits to Darmstadt and her acquaintance with Peixinho she became involved in the performance of avant-garde music. This led to her inclusion in the Lisbon Contemporary Music Group (GMCL), founded in 1970 by Peixinho. The experiments of the GMCL starting in 1974 (the year of the Portuguese democratic revolution) led Rosa to embrace composition. The following years established her reputation as a composer, but a personal, mature style did not emerge before ...