Maria Clotilde Belo de Carvalho Rosa Franco 


Commonly known as Clotilde Rosa was born in Queluz (Lisbon, Portugal), in 11th  May, 1930. Composer, harpist, teacher. She has been an important person for the contemporary music scene in Portugal.

Clotilde started her Piano studies at the age of ten, finishing superior studies by the age of nineteen, in the class of Ivone Santos.  She started her harp studies at the age of twelve, which she finished at eighteen, in the class of Cecília Borba at the Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon. Having decided to dedicate herself to this instrument she held several scholarships: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and the Dutch Government. Clotilde studied with Phia Berghout in Amsterdam, Jacqueline Borot in Paris and Dr. Hans Zingel in Koln.

She was harp soloist in Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto and the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional in Lisbon having also regularly collaborated with Orquestra Gulbenkian and Orquestra do Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos (Lisbon).

In 1970 she was one of the founthers of the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Lisbon contemporary music ensemble). This group performed in Portugal, Europe and Brazil, participating in the most important Contemporary Music Festivals.

Clotilde was present at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for three years and the vast experience as an instrumentalist as well the colaboration in a collective work developed by Jorge Peixinho in the GMCL arose in her the interest of the composition, result of stimulus and assimilated experiences. In 1976 her work "Encontro" for flute and string quartet was noted in the "Tribune Internationale de Compositeurs" in Paris. I won the first National Contest of Composition of the "Oficina Musical do Porto" with my work "Variantes" for flute solo, "Alternâncias" for flute and Piano representing Portugal in ISMC Festival in Athens - 1979.

Simultaneously to the Harp teaching in "Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional" at Lisbon she dedicated herself to the Composition having more than seventy works composed and performed for solo, Chamber Music, Symphonic Orchestra, an Opera and a Cantata.[1]



Works for wind ensemble:

  • Sonhava de um Marinheiro (1980), 2 soprano, mezzo-soprano, wind and percussion ensemble, harp and eletroacustics

  • Metalis (1985, rev.1986), brass septet


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