THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Manuel Pedro Ferreira

(b. May 1959, Lisbon).

Portuguese composer of mostly chamber, choral and vocal works that have been performed in Europe; he is also active as a conductor and musicologist.

Mr. Ferreira studied at Princeton University, where he earned his MFA and PhD with a thesis on Gregorian chant at Cluny.

As a conductor, he founded the chorus Vozes Alfonsinas in Lisbon in 1995 and has served as its conductor since 1995, with which he has recorded three CDs of music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

As a musicologist, he has written extensively on music from the Middle Ages, including the books The Sound of Martín Codax (1986), Cancioneiro da Biblioteca Publia Hortensia de Elvas (1989), Porto 714: Um Manuscrito precioso (2001), and Cantus coronatus (2005, Edition Reichenberger). He also edited and contributed to the book Dez Compositores portugueses (2007, Publicações Dom Quixote), about 20th-century music from Portugal.

Mr. Ferreira is also active in other positions. He has worked as a music critic, music journalist and organiser since 1978.

He has taught as an associate professor at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address: mpferreira@fcsh.unl.pt

COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Duettino, flute/oboe/clarinet/violin, clarinet/viola, 1988

Saudade: In memoriam Duarte Lino Pimentel, recorder/flute/oboe, 1999

Prelúdio de Outono, recorder, 1999

String Song, violin, viola, cello, 2000–01

CHORAL:

De profundis, 2 male choruses, 1994, revised 2002–

Canção Profana de Natal, mixed chorus, 1995–96

Três Cânticos Baptismais, mixed chorus, 1991–97

The Mother of God, 4 mixed voices, 1998

Dois Hinos a Madre Teresa de Saldanha, female chorus, 1999

Faz de conta, children's chorus, 2000

Delirium, 6 mixed voices, 2000–01

Mini-Magnificat, soprano, alto, 2005

3x2 Sonetos, 2 sopranos, 1998–

VOCAL:

Trois Chansons de Rilke, soprano, piano, 1989

Blues, mezzo-soprano, piano, 1994–95, revised 2002–

Plum, mezzo-soprano, piano, 1997–98, revised 2002–

Three Poems from 'A Woman Young and Old', soprano, piano, 1998–99, revised 2002–

Canto de sereia (vocalise), alto, flute, oboe/clarinet, harp, violin, viola, cello, 2006

An Irish Airman, tenor, piano, 1998–

PIANO:

Timor Llorosa, 1999

DIDACTIC MUSIC:

Le Gymnaste (cycle for beginners), piano, 2000–05

DISCOGRAPHY

Trois Chansons de Rilke. Ana Ferraz, soprano; Gabriela Canavilhas, piano (MoviePlay: 3-11050, 1997)