Clarisse Leite

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Clarisse Leite Dias Baptista
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Clarisse Leite, Teatro Municipal de São Paulo
BornClarisse Leite
(1917-01-11)January 11, 1917
 São Paulo,  Brazil
Died(2003-05-11)May 11, 2003
São Paulo, Brazil
EducationSão Paulo - Brazil, France
Known forMusic
Notable workConcerto Números Um e Dois Para Piano e Orquestra , composições

Clarisse Leite (Dias Batista) (b. 11 January 1917. d. 2003) was a Brazilian composer, pianist and music educator. She was born in São Paulo and studied in São Paulo and France. After completing her studies, she worked as a professor of music at Academia Internacional, Rio de Janeiro.[1][2]

Her sons Cláudio César Dias Baptista, Arnaldo Dias Baptista and Sérgio Dias Baptista became rock musicians.


Leite composed for orchestra, chamber, piano and vocal performance. She was known for compositions based on Brazilian folklore. Selected works include:

  • Suite Nordestina (1971) including 1) Baticum, 2) Prece por Maria Bonita (A Prayer to Maria Bonita) and 3) Jacunços (Gunmen)
  • Duo concertante no. 1 for pianos

Her works have been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Brasileira: Piano Music by Brazilian Women, 2004, Centaur Records


  1. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900.
  2. ^ Lorenz, Ricardo; Hernández, Luis R. (1995). Scores and recordings at the Indiana University Latin American. Indiana University, Bloomington. Latin American Music Center.