Maria de Lourdes Martins

Portuguese clavichordiste, harpsichordist, pianist, professor and composer, born in Lisboa, May 26, 1926, died in 2009. Her mother, Maria Helen Martins was her first piano teacher, then Maria studied the piano under professor Abreu da Mota at the Conservatory Nacional, graduating in 1944 and compostion under Artur Santos and Croner de Vasconcelos, graduating in 1949. She studied the harpsichord and the clavichord under Santiago Kastner. On a grant from the Calosut Gulbenkian Foundation she commenced advanced studies in composition under Professor Genzmer at the Musikhochschule in Munich in 1959 and under K. Stockhausen and Bruno Maderna in Darmstadt from 1960 to 1961. She studied film composition in Siena under Lavagnino and holds the diploma of the Orf-Institut at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She was invited by the Gulbekian Foundation to organize a Portuguese version of the scholastic work of Carl Orff, which she introduced and taught at the foundation from 1960 to 1971. Sshe held summer courses in the Orff method in Canada and Brazil and studied the Kodaly method in Kecskemet, Hungary in 1970. She was active in the field of  music education, lecturing in Europe, the United States, South America and Japan and taking part in foreign congresses and seminars. She was founder and president of the Associação Portuguesa de Educação Musical and professor of music education at the Conservatorio Nacional from 1971 to 1978 and of composition from 1973. She received prizes and awards, including the Calouste Gulbenkian composition prizes in 1965 and 1971.


            Works for wind band

  • Rapsódia de Natal (1978)

  • Rondó (1978)

  • Suite de Danças Tradicionais Portuguesas (1978)

            Works for wind ensemble

  • 12 Harmonizações de Canções Populares para Crianças e Conjunto de Instrumentos de Banda (1980)

  • Sonatina - Woodwind Quintet (1959)