b. Brusque, Santa Catarina, March 17, 1928.
He studied music with his father, a conductor, composer, and founder of the local Conservatory; later studied violin with Edith Reis (1943) and composition with Koellreutter (1944-48) at the Rio de Janeiro Cons.; subsequently had lessons with Copland at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood and with Mennin at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y.; also violin with Nowinsky at N.Y.'s Henry Street Settlement School completed his studies with Krenek in Brazil (1952) and Berkeley at London's Royal Academy of Music (1955).
He was active as a broadcaster, music critic, conductor, and teacher in his homeland; was director of the art and music dept. of the Radio Jornal do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro (1963-73); was also president of the Brazilian Soc. of Contemporary Music (1971-73). His early works were in a late Romantic and Impressionist style; after a brief dodecaphonic period (1947-53), he turned toward neo-Classicism with national allusions; he fused the latter 2 styles from 1966.
G. Pimenta. "Alexandre Lévy," in Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed.
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