Artur Santos


Artur Santos (1914-1987) was a student at Lisbon’s Conservatory, where he studied Piano with Marcos Garin, Harmony with Wenceslau Pinto and Counterpoint and Fugue with Costa Ferreira. He was a brilliant piano and composition student and also studied with Luiz de Freitas Branco. In the 1930s he won two composition prizes awarded by the Music Conservatory. In 1941-42 that same institution would welcome him as a Composition, Harmony and Fugue teacher. In 1937 he married pianist Túlia Santos, who from then on helped him in his research. He was invited to be a programme assistant at the National Radio Broadcast Company but his effective participation would be as a composer, a field in which in 1943 he won the Rey Colaço Composition Award. Although he started a promising career as a composer, Artur Santos dedicated himself mostly to Ethnomusicology. He taught at the Taylor Institution of Oxford University, at the English Dance and Sony Society, at the Anglo-Portuguese Society and at the International Folklore-Music Council, where he was a member of the executive commission. In London he had classes with Alan Bush and Lloyd Weber, and in Paris with Charles Koechlin and Olivier Messiaen, among others.

Albums from Artur Santos