Francisco Braga (1270bytes)

b. Rio de Janeiro, April 15, 1868; d. there, March 14, 1945.
     He played clarinet in military bands in Rio de Janeiro; at the age of 18 he composed an overture, which was played at the inauguration of the Society of Popular Concerts there. He then went to Paris, where he studied with Massenet, also traveled in Germany and Italy. Influenced mainly by Massenet and Mascagni, Braga wrote the opera Jupira, which was staged at Rio de Janeiro (March 20, 1899). From 1908 till 1933, he conducted symphonic concerts in Rio. His symphonic works include the programmatic pieces Insomnia, Cauchemar, Paysage, etc.
     Braga was the teacher of many Brazilian composers and contributed much to the musical culture of his country.

     T. Gomes. "Francisco Braga," in Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed.

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