b. Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 16, 1896, d. there, Aug. 8, 1969.
He was the son of a wealthy plantation owner and, working in the fields, acquired intimate knowledge of native folk songs. Without benefit of formal education, he wrote instrumental and vocal music in large forms his works include a Piano Concerto, based on urban and rural dance forms; another significant work on Brazilian themes is a Violin Concerto. The bulk of his compositions consists of popular songs.
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed., s.v. "Hekel Tavares."
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