Tota pulchra es Maria

Composer
Jos� Mauricio Nunes Garcia
Arranger
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts
Not available

Jos? Mauricio Nu?es-Garcia was born in Rio de Janeiro, the son of a black Brazilian woman. He was a founder of the Brotherhood of St. Cecilia and became a priest in 1792. He was widely acclaimed for his intellect, spirituality and musical artistry. In 1798 he was appointed Mestre de Capela of the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral where he served as organist, choirmaster, music instructor and composer-in-residence. In 1808 he attracted the attention of Jo?o IV, King of Portugal, who was so impressed by his talent and compositions that he appointed Nu?es-Garcia Mestre deCapelato his Brazilian royal chapel. An active composer all his life, Nu?es-Garcis produced masses, offertories, operas, symphonic overtures, popular songs and a method for the pianoforte. Nu?es-Garcia conducted the Brazilian premi?re of Mozart's Requiem in 1819. Tota Pulchra es Maria, Motet for Solo Soprano, Flute obbligatto , Chorus and Orchestra was his opus one, he was only 16 years old.The present edition its bases in 2 sources, one at Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, and another belonged by Sigismund Neukomm (1778-1858)

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