Clotilde Rosa

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Maria Clotilde Belo de Carvalho Rosa Franco (11 May 1930 – 24 November 2017[1]), known as Clotilde Rosa, was a Portuguese harpist, music educator and composer.


Clotilde Rosa was born in Queluz, Portugal, and began piano lessons at age ten with Ivone Santos. She also began harp lessons at the age of twelve under Cecilia Borba at Lisbon's Conservatory. She continued her harp studies with several scholarships in Amsterdam with Phia Berghout, in Paris with Jacqueline Borot, and in Cologne with Hans Zingel. After completing her studies, she worked as a harp soloist with various orchestras and ensembles.[2]

In 1970 Rosa co-founded the Lisbon Contemporary Music Group (GMCL) with composer Jorge Peixinho, which performed contemporary music in Portugal, Brazil and Europe. She studied at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for three years and developed an interest in composition.[citation needed]

Rosa won the first National Composition Contest of Portugal with her work Variantes for solo flute. She taught harp at the Lisbon Conservatory of Music while continuing to work as a composer.[3]


Rosa composed more than seventy works for solo instrument, chamber ensemble and symphonic orchestra and has also written opera and cantata. Selected works include:

  • Encontro for flute and string quartet
  • Variantes for flute solo
  • Alternâncias for flute and piano
  • Três Cançoes breves
  • Vozes de Florabela
  • Cinzas de Sísifo
  • Glosas Proprias
  • Quiet fire
  • Amor que mal existe
  • O fabricar da música e do silêncio
  • El vaso reluciente
  • Canto Circular

Clotilde's works have been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Musica para poesia Portuguesa / Cathariou, Martins, Tiexeira, Martins, et al.; (2008-09-09) La Ma De Guido
  • Spiral Of Light: Portuguese Music for Strings and Marimba (2010-06-08) EtCetera Records


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  2. ^ Tyrrell, John (2001). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians: Volume 21. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Clotilde Rosa profile". Retrieved 3 November 2010.

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