Jaime Ovalle

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Jaime Ovalle or Jayme Ovalle (5 August 1894 – 9 September 1955[1]) was a Brazilian composer and poet.

Ovalle was born in Belem, Brazil.[1]

He was self-taught as a composer. As an officer of the Ministério da Fazenda, he resided mostly in New York and London.[2] He was one of the "Second Nationalist Generation" of Brazilian composers along with Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez (1897-1948) and Walter Burle-Marx (1902-1990).[3]

He died in Rio.[1]

Works, editions and recordings[edit]

Ovalle's best known song is Azulão, "bluebird", a canção to a text by Manuel Bandeira.[4] It has been recorded by Conchita Badia, Victoria de los Angeles, Arleen Auger, Montserrat Caballé, Kathleen Battle, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Angela Gheorghiu and many other sopranos. It has also been transposed to be sung by other voices - such as by Gérard Souzay.

Other works:

  • Pedro Álvares Cabral (symphonic poem)
  • Legenda (for piano)
  • Modinha (canção, also to a text by Manuel Bandeira)


  1. ^ a b c Musicsack
  2. ^ Scores and recordings at the Indiana University Latin American. Indiana University, Bloomington. Latin American Music Center, Ricardo Lorenz, Luis R. Hernández - 1995 "O863 K1.2 Jaime Ovalle 1894-1955 Self-taught composer and poet, born in Belem do Pará. He was an officer of the Ministério da Fazenda, and because of this position he resided mostly in New York and London."
  3. ^ Amy Suzanne Gillick Experimentation and nationalism in Francisco Mignone's works for ... - University of California, Los Angeles - 2008 Page 5 Along with Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez (1897-1948), Jaime Ovalle (1894-1955), and Walter Burle-Marx (1902-1990), Mariz categorizes Mignone among the "Second Nationalist Generation". He lists Villa-Lobos among the first generation even ...
  4. ^ Brazil: Volumes 22-24 American-Brazilian Association - 1948 - "It is not strange that a 20th Century composer from the north should have written a song about another bird, the azulao. Jaime Ovalle. born in Belem do Para, is the author of a Cancao by that name, one of the most haunting melodies in ..."

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