Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Mercedes Reis Pequeno (1921-2015)

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Mercedes Reis Pequeno (1921-2015)

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Mercedes Reis Pequeno (1921-2015). Founder and Director Emeritus of the Music Division of Brazil's National Library, Member of the Academia Brasileira de Mfisica, and former IAML Vice President has died. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1921, she graduated from the Escola de Mfisica of the Universidade do Brasil in 1937, and, between 1940 and 1941, collaborated with Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo on the Revista Brasileira de Musica. She began her training in librarianship at the Instituto Nacional do Libro in 1942. From 1947 to 1949, she worked at the then named Pan American Union (now Organization of American States [OAS]), as assistant to Charles Seeger, first Chief of the Music Section. Back in Brazil in 1951, Mercedes Reis Pequeno began working on the establishment and organization of the Music Division of Brazil's National Library, which became a model for other institutions throughout Latin America. She served as Chief of the Music Division until her retirement in 1990.

During her tenure, she curated numerous exhibits commemorating anniversaries of Brazilian and European composers, producing handsomely illustrated and informative catalogues. Among the most memorable were those dedicated to Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1967); Francisco Braga (1968); Alberto Nepomuceno (1964); Ernesto Nazareth (1966); Glauco Velasquez (1964); Beethoven (1970); Mozart (1956 and 1991); and Milhaud (1970). …

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