Hans-Joachim Koellreutter

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Hans-Joachim Koellreutter (2 September 1915 – 13 September 2005) was a composer, teacher and musicologist.

Koellreutter was born in Freiburg, Germany. He lived in Brazil from 1937 and became one of the country's most influential musicians.[1]

In Brazil Koellreuter taught many prominent composers, including Gilberto Mendes, Claudio Santoro, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Denis Mandarino, Jayme Amatnecks, Arthur Kampela and many others.[2] He brought the theory of atonal music to Brazil, creating the group "Musica Viva" and inflating the debate between the "Nationalists" and "Serialists".[3] While the former group believed in the use of folklore material for the development of their compositions, the latter believed that the more rational approach of the European school was the path to truly contemporary works. This debate played a central role in the esthetic developments of Brazilian classical music throughout the 20th Century.[4][5]

He died in São Paulo, Brazil, aged 90.


  1. ^ "Advanced Studies (Scielo)". Irene Tourinho (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Academia Brasileira de Letras" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2016-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia Músicos do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  4. ^ A Musica Classica Brasileira Hoje, Editora Folha de Sao Paulo, 2007.
  5. ^ "Koellreutter ressuscita, um dias após a morte, no Festival Cultura". Folha Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

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