Joly Braga Santos

Joly Braga Santos viene considerato il compositore portoghese più importante di sempre, nonostante la sua fama non fosse paragonabile a quella di Beethoven o Mozart.

Nato a Lisbona nel 1924, morì nella stessa capitale lusitana 64 anni dopo. Studia violino al conservatorio di Lisbona ed in seguito diviene allievo del connazionale Luis de Freitas Branco. Nel 1945 conosce il compositore inglese Ralph Vaughan Williams, che gli suggerisce di adottare il folklore portoghese all’interno delle sue opere. Braga Santos sviluppa pertanto un linguaggio musicale teatrale, con frasi melodiche molto ben strutturate. Tra i 22 e i 27 anni compone le prime 4 sinfonie, tra cui la seconda merita una menzione particolare. Tra le altre sue innumerevoli composizioni ricordiamo il Concerto per archi del 1951 e alcune opere ultimate negli anni sessants, tra cui il Concerto per viola, il balletto Encruzilhada e la Sinfonia n. 5. Nel decennio successivo compone la sesta e ultima Sinfonia, opere sacre e il Concerto per pianoforte.

Musicista raffinato e sempre alla ricerca di qualcosa di nuovo da aggiungere alle sue opere, Joly Braga Santos è un nome sconosciuto alla massa, ma sicuramente celebre per chi ama la cultura.

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