António Pinho Vargas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

António Pinho Vargas (born Vila Nova de Gaia, August 15, 1951) is a Portuguese composer and pianist specialized in the performance and writing of Jazz and contemporary music. He has also written books, essays and articles on the subject of music.

Having obtained a degree in history at the University of Porto, he later proceeded to study music at the Rotterdam Conservatory (from 1987 until 1990) where he graduated in Musical Composition. He has been teaching Music Composition at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon since 1991.

Early in his career he became a leading name in Portuguese Jazz, where one could already often hear the influence of contemporary music. He recorded nine albums in his Jazz style, the first being Outros Lugares (1983). He also wrote seven soundtracks for Portuguese films and two theatrical plays.

Since his return from the Netherlands he has mainly been a classical composer, having written three operas, several orchestral and ensemble pieces, and also works recorded by the Arditti Quartet, the Galliard Ensemble, the Royal Scottish Academy Brass and the Northern Sinfonia, among others. The most recent CD with his works Requiem (2012) and Judas (2002) was released in October 2014 at Naxos.

Albums[edit]

List of works[edit]

Ensemble[edit]

  • SIX PORTRAITS OF PAIN (2005)

for Violoncello and Large Ensemble alto fl, ob, cl, bcl, fg, tp, cor, tbn, 3 perc., pf, Cello Solo, 6 vln, 2 vla, 2 vlc, 2 cb; Duration: 27' Commissioned by: Casa da Música / Porto 2001 First Performance: Anssi Karttunen (violoncello) and Remix Ensemble, dir: Frank Ollu, Porto, 2005 | critic |

  • MACHINES FICTIVES (pour Pierrot le fou) (2003) (withdrawn for rev.)

for Ensemble fl; ob; cl; bcl, fg; 2 perc; pf; vl I; vl II; vla; vlc; cb; Duration: 12 ' Commissioned by: Fundação Oriente First Performance: OchestrUtópica, dir. Yu- Feng, Lisboa, 2003

  • TRÊS VERSOS DE CAEIRO (1997)

for 12 instruments fl; ob; cl, cor; fg;; pf; perc; vln I ; vl II; vla; vlc; cb Duration: 10' Commissioned by: Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian First Performance: Ensemble Nuova Sincronia, dir. Renato Rivolta, Lisboa and Milano, 1997 | record |

  • TRÊS QUADROS PARA ALMADA (1994)

for 10 instruments fl, cl1, cl/clb, fg/cfg, tp, cr, tbn, pf, vln, vlc, Duration: 17' Commissioned by: Professional School of Music - Almada First Performance: Soloists from Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, Lisboa | record |

  • ESTUDO/FIGURA (1990)

for 10 instruments fl; cl; c.i.clb; vib/mar; cel/pf vln I vla; vlc; cb Duration: 12' Commissioned by: First Performance: Performance: Ensemble RC, dir. Arie Van Beck, Ammsterdam

  • MÚSICA PLANA / MÚSICA CONTRAPLANA (1989)

for Opus Ensemble (withdrawn) ob/c.i.,vla, cb, pf. Duration: 12' Commissioned by: RTP First Performance: Soloists from Rotterdam's Conservatorium, Amsterdam (withdrawn for rev.)

Orchestra[edit]

  • CONCERTO para VIOLINO in memorian Gareguin Aroutiounian

for Violino and Orquestra Commissioned by CCN First Performance February 2016, Tamila Kharambura, violin, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa dir. Gary Walker

  • QUADROS (de arte moderna)

para Orquestra Commissioned by Orquestra Clássica do Sul First Performance July–August 2014

  • OUVERTURES AND CLOSURES (2012)for orchestra

(2.2.2.2-4.2.2.1-Timp. 1/2 perc .hp.- 8.8.6.6.5.) Duration:12' Commissioned by: Guimarães Capital Europeia da Cultura. First Performance: Orq. Estúdio Guimarães, dir. Rui Massena, Outubro2012, Auditório do CC Vila Flor.

  • ONZE CARTAS (2011)

for Orchestra, 3 narrators prerecorded and electronics Commissioned by Casa da Música, Centro Cultural de Belém e Teatro de São Carlos, for the composers's 60 birthday First Performance: OS CdM, dir. Christopher Konig, 1-10- 11, Second performance: OSP, dir. Diego Masson, 17 - 1 -12,

  • AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK (2009)

for orchestra (Strings 3 vlns 2 vlas, 3 vlc, 1cb e harpsichord) Duration: 12 ' Commissioned by: Centro Cultural de Belém First Performance: Orq. Metropolitana de Lisboa, dir. MICHAEL ZILM, Abril 2009 Grande Auditório do CCB

  • UM DISCURSO DE THOMAS BERNHARD (2009)

for speaker and orchestra (2.2.2.2- 2.2.2.-1 perc, .hp.-6.6.4.4.2) Duration: 12 ' Commissioned by: Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa First Performance: Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, dir. MICHAEL ZILM, Dezembro 2007 Pequeno Auditório do CCB

  • GRAFFITI [just forms] (2006)

for large orchestra (3.3.3.1.3.1- 6.3.3.1-5 perc. pf.hp.-16.14.12.10.8) Duration: 25 ' Commissioned by: Teatro Nacional de São Carlos First Performance: Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, dir. LOTHAR KÖNIGS, Março 2006, Grande Auditório do CCB | critic |

  • REENTERING (2004)

for orchestra and percussion obligato (2.2.2.2. - 0.2.0.2. -1perc) (10.8.6.5.4) Duration: 8 ' Commissioned by: Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos First Performance: Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa dir. Donato Renzentti, Lisboa, 2004 | opinion |

  • ... VON FREMDEN LÄNDLER ... (2004) (withdrawn for rev.)

for piano solo and orchestra (2.2.2.2 - 4.2.0.0. - 2 perc- 14.12.10.6.5) Duration: 18 ' Commissioned by: International Music Festival of Coimbra First Performance: Orq. Gulbenkian, dir. Yu Feng; piano: Anne Kaasa, Coimbra, 2004 (withdrawn for rev.)

  • DUAS PEÇAS (1992–2000)

for string orchestra (8.6.6.6.5) Duration: 15' Commissioned by: First Performance: Orq. Nacional do Porto, dir. Cesário Costa, V.N. Gaia

  • A IMPACIÊNCIA DE MAHLER (1999)

for orchestra (2.2.2.2 - 4.2.0.0. 1 perc); (14.12.10.6.5) Duration: 20 ' Commissioned by: Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian First Performance: Orq. Gulbenkian, dir. Michael Zilm, Lisboa, 2001

  • ACTING-OUT (1998–2000)

for piano, percussion and orchestra (2. 2. 2. 1. 2 - 2. 2. 2. 2. 1. 2 perc); strings A (6.6.4.4.3); strings B (6.6.4.4.3) Duration: 19 ' Commissioned by: Teatro Nacional de São Carlos http://www.mic.pt/ First Performance: Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, dir. António Saiote. Piano: Miguel Henriques, Percussion: Elizabeth Davies, Lisboa, 1998 | critic |

  • EXPLICIT DRAMA (1992) (withdrawn for rev.)

for orchestra and jazz trio Duration: 20 ' Commissioned by: Comissão Portuguesa dos Descobrimentos First Performance: Orq. Gulbenkian, dir. Michel Swiertchevisky, Lisboa.

GEOMETRAL (1988–2000) (withdrawn for rev.) for Orchestra (27 instruments) Duration: 20 ' Commissioned by: Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian First Performance: Orq. Gulbenkian, dir. Michel Tabachnik, Lisboa, 1989

Chamber music[edit]

  • NO ART II (2013)

for string quartet and piano Duration: 9' Commissioned by: Síntese, GMCG First Performance: (14-11-2013)

  • QUATRO NOVOS FRAGMENTOS (2012)

version for flute and piano Duration: 9' Commissioned by: Luís Meireles 2010 First Performance: (5-1-2013)

  • STRING QUARTET Nº 3 (2011)

for String Quartet Commissioned by Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa First performance: Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos at IST, July 2012

  • QUASI UNA SONATA (2011)

for violin and piano Duration: 10' Commissioned by: Centro Cultural de Belém First Performance: 29-5-2011

  • QUATRO NOVOS FRAGMENTOS (2010)

for clarinet and piano Duration: 9' Commissioned by: António Saiote 2010 First Performance: (2012)

  • ONE MINUTE TO GO (2010)

for Sond'art Ensemble (fl, cl, ln, vlc, pno) Duration: 1' Commissioned by: para os 25 anos do MisoMusic Portugal - 2010 First Performance: 14 April 2010, Instituto Franco-Português

  • MOVIMENTOS DO SUBSOLO, QUARTETO DE CORDAS Nº 2 (2008)

for String Quartet Duration: 11' Commissioned by: XXX Festival Internacional de Música da Povoa de Varzim First Performance: Quarteto Verazin, Póvoa de Varzim, 2008

  • DOIS VIOLINOS FOR CARLOS PAREDES (2003)

for 2 violins (2.2.2.2. - 0.2.0.2. -1perc) (10.8.6.5.4) Duration: 6 ' Commissioned by: Movimentos Perpétuos First Performance: Aníbal Lima e Pedro Pacheco, Lisboa, 2003 | record |

  • STEP BY STEP, WOLFS! (2002)

for 6 perdussionists (2.2.2.2. - 0.2.0.2. -1perc) (10.8.6.5.4) Duration: 6 ' Commissioned by: Drumming First Performance: Drumming, dir. Miguel Bernat, 2002 | critic |

  • TRÊS ESTUDOS FOR 2 PIANOS (2000–2001)

for 2 pianos Duration: 15 ' Commissioned by: First Performance: Miguel Henriques, Ana Valente, Lisboa, 2001 | critic |

  • TWO FAMILY DISCUSSIONS (2001)

for 2 trumpets or 2 recorders Duration: 6 ' Commissioned by: International Music Festival of Mafra First Performance: John Wallace, John Miller, Mafra, 2001 | record | | critic |

  • QUATRO OU CINCO MOVIMENTOS FUGIDIOS DA ÁGUA (2001)

for clarinet trio Duration: 15 ' Commissioned by: First Performance: Cl: António Saiote, Vlc: Jed Barahal, Pf: António Rosado, Póvoa de Varzim, 2001 | critic | record |

  • SETE CANÇÕES DE ALBANO MARTINS (2000)

for barítone and piano Duration: 18' Commissioned by: First Performance: Paulo Ferreira, Jaime Mota, Porto, 2000 | critic | record |

  • ESTUDOS E INTERLÚDIOS (2000)

for 6 percussionists Duration: 25' Commissioned by: First Performance: Drumming, dir. Miguel Bernat, Lisboa, 2000 | critic |

  • TERCEIRO VERSO DE CAEIRO (1997)

for 4 instruments Duration: 10' Commissioned by: "Sven for Parlor" First Performance: "Sven for Parlor", Athens, 1997

  • NOVE CANÇÕES DE ANTÓNIO RAMOS ROSA (1995)

for voice e piano Duration: 25' Commissioned by: Encontros Primavera de Guimarães First Performance: Rui Taveira, Jaime Mota, Guimarães, 1995 | critic | record |

  • NOCTURNO/DIURNO (1994)

for string sextet Duration: 8' Commissioned by: Câmara Municipal do Porto First Performance: Sextuor L'Artois de Lille, Porto, 1994 | record |

  • MONODIA - quasi un requiem (1993)

for string quartet Duration: 15' Commissioned by: Câmara Municipal do Porto para as Jornadas de Arte Contemporânea de 1993 http://www.mic.pt/ First Performance: Ensemble MusikFabrik, Porto, 1993 | critic | record 1 | record 2 |

  • MECHANICAL STRING TOYS (1992)

for string orchestra (8,6,6,4,4) Duration: 6' Commissioned by: Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa First Performance: Orq. Metropolitana de Lisboa, dir. Miguel Graça Moura, Lisboa, 1992

  • POETICA DELL ESTINZIONE (secondo mikhal serguieievitch) (1990)

for flute and string quartet Duration: 6' Commissioned by: Oficina Musical First Performance: Oficina Musical, dir. Álvaro Salazar, Porto, 1990 | record |

  • CUT (1989 / rev.: 2004)

for saxophone quartet alto/soprano; alto; tenor; baritone Duration: 8' Commissioned by: First Performance: Quarteto de Saxofones de Lisboa, Lisboa, 1989

  • GRAVITAÇÕES (1984)

for flute and clarinet alto/soprano; alto; tenor; baritone Duration: 6' Commissioned by: Oficina Musical First Performance: Eduardo Lucena, Américo Aguiar (Oficina Musical), Porto, 1984 (withdrawn for rev.)

Opera, Oratoria[edit]

  • DE PROFUNDIS (2014)

Choir a cappella Commissioned by Paulo Lourenço First performance: May 2014

  • MAGNIFICAT (2013)

Choir and Orchestra Commissioned by Culturgest First performance: Choir and Orchestra Gulbenkian, dir. Cesário Costa, 11/12 Oct. 2013

  • REQUIEM (2012)

Choir and Orchestra Duration: 30' Commissioned by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian First performance: Choir and Orchestra Gulbenkian, dir. Joana Carneiro, 21/22 Nov. 2012

  • OUTRO FIM (2009)

chamber opera 5 singers; fl; ob; cl; Bcl; fg/cf; 2hn; tbn; 2 perc; pf; 3 vl I;3 vl II;2 vla;2 vln;2 cb; Libreto: José Maria Vieira Mendes Duration: 1h 30' Commissioned by: Culturgest First Performance: Sónia Alcobaça, Luís Rodrigues, Larissa Savchanko, Mário Alves, Madalena Boleo Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, dir.Cesário Costa, Lisboa, 2008

  • A LITTLE MADNESS IN THE SPRING (2006) (withdrawn for rev.)

chamber opera 3 singers; fl; ob; cl; Bcl; fg; tp; hn; tbn; 2 perc; harp; pf; vl I; vl II; vla; vln; cb; Electronics by Carlos Caires and Antonio Pinho Vargas Libreto: Paulo Tunhas Duration: 32' Commissioned by: Casa da Música First Performance: Eduarda Melo, Matthew Bean, Ivan Ludlow Remix Ensemble, dir. Franck Ollu, Lisboa, 1996 | critic |

  • JUDAS (secundum Lucam, Joannem, Matthaeum et Marcum) (2002)

for choir and orchestra Large Choir; (2.2.2.2.4.2.2.0. 1 perc); (12.10.8.8.6) Duration: 30' Commissioned by: Festival de Música Sacra de Viana do Castelo First Performance: Choir and Orq. Gulbenkian dir. Fernando Eldoro, 2002 | critic |

  • OS DIAS LEVANTADOS (1998)

opera 8 singers; Large Choir; (2.2.3.2 - 2.0.2.2 - 3 perc) ; Strings Libretto: Manuel Gusmão Duration: 105' Commissioned by: Expo'98 First Performance: Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, Choir from Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos, dir. João Paulo Santos, Lisboa, 1998 | critic | record critics | record |

  • ÉDIPO - Tragédia de Saber (1996)

opera 4 singers; 32 choir; fl;fg; cl; ob; tp; tbn; 2 perc pf; vl I; vl II; vla; vln; cb; Libretto: Pedro Paixão Duration: 64' Commissioned by: Culturgest First Performance: Soilists from Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, Choir from Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos, dir. João Paulo Santos, Lisboa, 1996

  • ANCESTRAL E MUDO (1994)

opera for 4 mixed choir Duration: 5' Commissioned by: First Performance: Coro de Câmara de Lisboa, dir. Teresita Gutierrez Marques, Lisboa, 1994 | record |

Solo[edit]

!Title !!Year !!Instrument !!Duration !!Published by !!Commissioned by !!1st performance

  • NO ART: four études for solo violin (2012)
  • POLÍTICAS DA AMIZADE: ESTUDO PARA VIBRAFONE (2011)

for Vibrafone Solo || 6' || Auditório da Academia de Música de Espinho || Miquel Bernat, 2011

  • SUITE PARA VIOLONCELO SOLO (2008)

for Cello Solo || 12' || Conservatório de Música das Caldas de Rainha || Nuno Abreu, Caldas de Rainha, 2008

  • IL RITORNO (2002)

for harpsichord ||14' ||International Music Festival of Mafra ||Instituto Camões, 2003 ||Ana Mafalda Castro, Mafra (withdrawn for rev.)

  • HOLDERLINOS (2001)

for piano ||26' ||International Music Festival of Coimbra ||Partituras PortugalSom; www.dgartes.pt ||Miguel Henriques, Coimbra.

  • LA LUNA (1996)

for guitar ||3' ||Cecilia Colien Honneger ||Cecilia Colien Honneger Album; http://www.editions-ava.com/store/category/88/ ||Gabriel Estrahellas, Madrid.

  • MIRRORS (1989)

for piano ||9' ||Secretaria de Estado da Cultura ||Musicoteca, 1994; Portuguese Music Information Centre http://www.mic.pt/ ||Paul Prenen, Amsterdam, 1990.

  • TRÊS FRAGMENTOS (1985–87)

for clarinet solo ||5' ||Oficina Musical, 1995 ||António Saiote, Lisboa.

  • PEÇA (1983)

for flute solo ||4' ||Calouste Gulbenkian School of Braga ||-- ||Olavo Tengner, Jorge Salgado, Braga, (withdrawn for rev.).

Film music[edit]

Directed by João Botelho

Directed by José Fonseca e Costa

References[edit]

External links[edit]