Jorge Antunes

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Jorge Antunes was born in 1942, in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied Violin, Composition and Conducting. He also majored in Physics at the National Faculty of Philosophy. In 1961, after constructing himself several generators, filters, modulators and other electronic equipment, Antunes founded the Chromo-Music Research Studio, and has since been recognized as the originator of electronic music in Brazil.  
 
In 1965 he began to research the correspondences between sound and color, and wrote works that he called Cromoplastofonias, for orchestras, magnetic tapes, lights, using also the senses of smell, taste and touch.
 
From 1969 until 1973 he won scholarships to study in Buenos Aires, Utrecht and Paris under Alberto Ginastera, Gerardo Gandini, Francisco Kroepfl, Umberto Eco, Luis De Pablo, Gotfried Michael Koenig, Pierre Schaeffer and François Bayle.
 
Jorge Antunes is professor of composition at the University of Brasilia and is president of the Brazilian Society for Electroacoustic Music.  
 
In 2002 the Ministry of Culture of the French Government gave him the title of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Antunes received also homages of the Brazilian Government and the distiction of Honorable Citizen of Brasilia. In 2011 he received the title of Commander of the Freedom and Citizenship. In 2012 he got the Ibermusicas Prize, to be resident-composer at the CMMAS in Mexico.
 
In 2014 was premiered his new opera “A Cartomante”, in Brasilia, and he got a commission of Funarte to write a new simphonic poem (“Apoteose d Rousseau”). In 2015 he received a new commission, from Theatro São Pedro, in São Paulo, to compose a new opera (“O Espelho”), that will be staged in August 2016.
 
Antunes is member of the Brazilian Academy of Music and was a winner of the most important composition competitions in the world: Premio Angelicum, Premio Città di Trieste, Gaudeamus Week, ISCM Festival etc. His scores are published by Suvini Zerboni, Salabert, Breitkopf&Hartell, Zimmermann, Ricordi, Sistrum and Billaudot. In october 2019 his opera Olga was staged in Poland, at the Opera Baltycka Gdansk.
 
In 2020 Jorge Antunes won the Icatu Arts Award to compose a new great opera: Leopoldina. The prize consists of a financial and residency-artistic scholarship at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. This new opera should be premiered in 2022, in the celebrations of the Bicentenary of Independence of Brazil.
Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Voices and Instruments


Elegia Azul Para Cybele for mezzo soprano, traverso, 2 violins, harpsichord and cello (2019)

Solo Voice and Accompaniment


Le Voyage pour voix de soprano et ballon     (2018)

Solo Instrument


A Pimenta para Clarinete em Si bemol (2018)
Tanguinho do Alexandre para piano solo (2018)
Maracatuzinho Da Mariuga para piano solo (2017)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Columbine Lunaire per flauto, clarinetto, violino, violoncello, pianoforte (2015)
INTERVERTIGE (1974)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


PROUDHONIA per coro misto a cappella e nastro magnetico (1972)

Concerto


Skryabinia per pianoforte e orchestra da camera (1972)

Orchestral Music


Idiosynchronie per orchestra da camera (1972)
Poetica per orchestra (1971)
ISOMERISM per orchestra da camera (1970)

Symphony Orchestra


Poetica per orchestra (1971)

String Quartet


BARTOKOLLAGIA MCMLXX (1971)
A Pimenta para Clarinete em Si bemol (2018)
BARTOKOLLAGIA MCMLXX (1971)
Columbine Lunaire per flauto, clarinetto, violino, violoncello, pianoforte (2015)
Elegia Azul Para Cybele for mezzo soprano, traverso, 2 violins, harpsichord and cello (2019)
Idiosynchronie per orchestra da camera (1972)
INTERVERTIGE (1974)
ISOMERISM per orchestra da camera (1970)
Le Voyage pour voix de soprano et ballon     (2018)
Maracatuzinho Da Mariuga para piano solo (2017)
Poetica per orchestra (1971)
PROUDHONIA per coro misto a cappella e nastro magnetico (1972)
Skryabinia per pianoforte e orchestra da camera (1972)
Tanguinho do Alexandre para piano solo (2018)