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Rocha, Pedro M. (b. May 18, 1961, Torres Novas). Portuguese composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe.

Mr. Rocha studied piano with Gilberta Paiva at the Conservatório de Lisboa from 1981–86 and studied geological sciences at the Universidade de Lisboa at the same time. He then studied composition with Christopher Bochmann at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa from 1982–90 and with Alain Bancquart at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1990–93, on a scholarship from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. He also attended masterclasses with Emmanuel Nunes at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon from 1982–90, Darmstadt in 1986 and the Cursus Annuel de Composition et Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in 1992, as well as numerous other seminars and workshops on choral conducting, electronic music, piano, and vocal techniques.

Among his honors are First Prize in the Fernando Lopes-Graça young composers competition (1987, for Duo), a scholarship from the Juventude Musical Portuguesa for a workshop in Cuenca (1988) and an honorary prize in the competition of the Festival por Músicos Juventudes in Lisbon (1990, for Pedra [withdrawn]).

Mr. Rocha is also active in other positions. He served as director of the magazine Gazeta Musical in Lisbon in 1997–98.

He taught analysis, choral conducting, composition, and solfège at the Conservatório Regional de Coimbra and the Escola de Música de Santarém from 1988–90 and the Juventude Musical Portuguesa in 1994–95. He also taught the same subjects at the Conservatório Nacional de Coimbra and the Sociedade Filarmónica Gualdim País in 1997–98 and the Escola Profissional de Música e Artes de Almada from 1998–2000. He has taught these subjects at the Academia de Amadores de Música since 1994 and the same subjects, as well as chamber music, chorus, improvisation, and orchestration at the Escola de Música do Orfeão de Leiria since 1997. In addition, he lectured in Estoril in 2000–01.


E-mail address: tafw.xxi@gmail.com

Street address: Mr. Pedro M. Rocha, R. Vieira de Almeida 5, Apt. 10A, 1600-664 Lisbon, Portugal

Telephone: + 3512 1759 5225


ORCHESTRAL: Cri, 4 flute ensembles (32 total flutes), 1992; Peça para Cordas, string orchestra, 1996; Homage to Luigi Nono, string orchestra, 1998–2003

CHAMBER MUSIC: Duo, violin, cello, 1987; Dual, piano, 4 samplers, 1988 (also version for piano, tape, 1995); Soneto, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 4 percussion, 1988; Vórtice, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, string quartet, 2 percussion, 1990; Trio, violin, viola, cello, 1991; Pièce pour Vibraphone MIDI et Live Electronics, 1993; Caminho, flute, French horn, live electronics, 1993–94; Paráfrase I, guitar (with scordatura), cello, 1996; Homage to Boulez (Study for an Open Work), clarinet, alto saxophone, B-flat trumpet, guitar, violin, piano 4 hands, 1998; Homage to Ligeti, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone (winds tuned a quarter-tone lower), violin, piano, 1998; Homage to Bancquart, 2 guitars (tuned a third-tone lower, higher), piano 4 hands, 1998; Improvisação I (Pássaro), tenor recorder/flute, guitar (with scordatura), 1998; Duo, any 2 equal instruments (tuned a quarter-tone apart), 1999; Quarteto, 4 clarinets (3rd, 4th tuned a quarter-tone apart), 1999; Study, 4 quarter-tone alto saxophones, 2000; Welcome, 4 saxophones, 2000; Esboço I, 3 flutes, clarinet, alto saxophone, 4 guitars, piano, 2001; Quintet, piano, string quartet, 2001; Esboço II, flute, 2 clarinets, 2 alto saxophones, French horn, trombone, tuba, 2002; Paráfrase e variações, 2 guitars (tuned a quarter-tone apart), 2002; Improvisação II, guitar (with scordatura in quarter-tones), 2002–03

CHORAL: Homage to Pérotin (Viderunt omnes), children's/female chorus, 1998; Psalm 148, mezzo-soprano/alto, tenor/baritone, mixed chorus, organ, tape, 1998–2001, revised 2003; Spiritus ubi vult spirat (text from the Bible), 6 ensembles (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 alto saxophones, tuba, string orchestra; 2 guitars [tuned a quarter-tone apart]; 2 guitars [tuned a quarter-tone apart]; 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 alto saxophones [each set of instruments tuned a quarter-tone apart]; 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 alto saxophones [each set of instruments tuned a quarter-tone apart]; quarter-tone mixed chorus, 3 alto saxophones, baritone saxophone), 2000–01; Mandatum novum do vobis (text from the Bible), mixed chorus, 2003

VOCAL: Algarve (text by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen), soprano, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet, harp, violin, viola, cello, piano, tape, 2002

PIANO: Intersections, 1987; Réminiscences rêves, 2 quarter-tone pianos, 1991

ELECTROACOUSTIC: Composição I, tape, 2001

MULTIMEDIA: To a world free from religions, tape, film (by André Sier), 2002; To a world free from countries, tape, film (by André Sier), 2002; Simbioses, tape, film (by Ana Carvalho), 2004–

DIDACTIC MUSIC: Little Trio, 3 violins, viola ad libitum, 2000

(Last updated on March 25, 2007)

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