História

História da Associação de Canto Coral


A Associação de Canto Coral foi criada em dezembro de 1941, tendo como patrono musical o compositor Heitor Villa-Lobos e como diretora artística a maestrina Cleofe Person de Mattos. A Associação tem o objetivo de divulgar o patrimônio musical brasileiro, sobretudo através de concertos no Brasil e no exterior e gravações das principais obras corais-sinfônicas do período colonial. Até a presente data, a Associação de Canto Coral já realizou mais de 750 concertos.  
        
Preocupada com a formação de público, com a preparação de novas gerações de cantores e com a reciclagem de profissionais atuantes no meio musical, a Associação de Canto Coral promove palestras, ciclos de leituras de obras corais, vídeos comentados, musicalização infantil, cursos para professores, estudantes de música e comunidade coral, entre outras atividades que venham melhorar a formação da comunidade e estimular o interesse pela música erudita.

 A diretora artística Cleofe Person de Mattos dedicou-se à pesquisa de obras de compositores de nosso passado musical, especialmente as obras do Padre José Maurício Nunes Garcia. Tornou-se papel da instituição a difusão do resultado dessas pesquisas que apresentou em concertos, inclusive em primeiras audições contemporâneas. De 1995 a 2012, a instituição teve como diretor artístico o Maestro Carlos Alberto Figueiredo e a Mestrina Valéria Matos, que continuaram a orientá-la com os mesmos ideais artísticos. E em 2013, a direção musical é assumida pelo Maestro Jésus Figueiredo e a presidência por Fernando Bicudo.


 A Associação já atuou com grandes orquestras, sob a regência de maestros internacionais como: Igor Strawinsky, Karl Richter, Victor Tevah, Sir Colin Daves, Helmuth Rilling, Jacques Pernoo; e maestros brasileiros como: Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarniere, Francisco Mignone, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Alceo Bocchino, Benito Juarez e Henrique Morelenbaum. Sua numerosa discografia inclui autores nacionais como José Maurício Nunes Garcia e os setecentistas mineiros; os nacionalistas Villa Lobos, Francisco Mignone, Brasílio Itiberê e Camargo Guarnieri; e os contemporâneos Almeida Prado e Marlos Nobre.

        A Associação de Canto Coral é reconhecida como órgão de Utilidade Pública Federal, sem fins lucrativos e não conta com nenhuma subvenção pública, por essa razão se mantém pela contribuição de sócios e pelo eventual apoio de empresas privadas.


A Associação de Canto Coral foi responsável por concertos de grande qualidade e revelou um repertório antes desconhecido no Brasil. Apresentou, em primeira audição nacional, importantes obras de compositores estrangeiros como:

Cantatas, Paixões e a Missa em Si menor, de Bach;
Vesperae Solemnes e a Grande Missa em Do menor, de Mozart;
Martírio de S. Sebastião, de Debussy;
Sinfonia dos Salmos, Canticum Sacrum e Missa, de Strawinsky;
Alexandre Nevsky, de Prokofieff;
Reu David, Joana d'Arc na fogueira, Cantata de Natal e Dança dos Mortos, de Honegger;
Stabat Mater, de Penderescky;
Cantus Profanus, de Bela Bartok.
Prêmios

Prêmio Apolo - Sociedade Teatro de Arte, 1957;
Melhor Conjunto Coral - Secretaria de Educação e Cultura do Estado da Guanabara, 1959,1960 e 1961;
Medalha de Bronze - Jubilei de Prata da Rádio MEC, 1965;
Medalha do Mérito Carlos Gomes - Estado da Guanabara, 1965;
Prêmio Nacional do Disco - Associação Brasileira de Críticos Teatrais, 1963;
Medalha Estácio de Sá - Conselho Estadual de Cultura , 2001;
Mérito Cultural - União Brasileira de Escritores do Rio de Janeiro, 2004.



Choral Singing Association
Historical Data

The CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION plays an important role in Brazil classical music scenery either making public great works from the national and international choral - symphonic repertoire, or forming the country’s musical mentality, and giving the choral music a similar status to the symphonic music.

The CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION was founded in 1941 by a group of young musicians who had just graduated from the Federal University, having Heitor Villas-Lobos as patron and the distinguished conductor Cleofe Person de Mattos as Artistic Director and Main Conductor. She directed the Choral Singing Association for 68 years.

Besides all her musical activity, Cleofe Person de Mattos dedicated her life to the research of works of our main ancient musical composers especially the composer and priest José Mauricio Nunes Garcia. In 1976, as a result of her work, was edited by the Federal Counsil of Culture the “P. José Mauricio’s Thematic Catalogue” and the identification of the Mass and Te Deum of D.Pedro I became public. For many years these scores stayed in archives and libraries not only in Rio de Janeiro, but also in several different Brazilian cities and abroad. Making the result of this research public has been the main task of the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION in order to improve the Brazilian culture through public presentation of several of these musical works in concerts and recordings.

Under the high leading of international conductors such as Karl Richter, Victor Tevah, Sir Colin Daves, Eric Kleiber, Helmut Rilling, Jacques Pernoo, Igor Stravinsky and Brazilian maestros such Heitor Villas-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Isaac Karabitchesky, Alceo Bochino, Benito Juarez, Henrique Morelenbaum, the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION has performed Bach’s Cantatas, great barroque masses, Haendel’s The Messiah, Honneger’s Jeanne D’Arc au Bucher, Penderescky’s Stabat Mater, Bela Bartok’s Cantus Profanus. Some of them performed for the first time in Brazil or even in America.
In 1984 the Camerata Rio de Janeiro was created in association with the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION and its maestro Henrique Morelenbaum. Its main aim is to recover Brazilian musical past, mainly of the XVIIIth and the beginning of the XIXth centuries. According to this project have already been recorded: Priest João de Deus Castro Lobo’s Mass and Credo in 8 Voices; P. José Mauricio Nunes Garcia’s Christmas Matins and Mass to Our Lady from Carmo; Manuel Dias de Oliveira’s Magnificat.

The CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION’s main goal throughout these 72 years has been to defend the Brazilian musical heritage. Thus, concerts and recordings of Brazilian composers’ works have been performed, mainly the chief coral-symphonic works from the colonial period; such as the Mass To Our Lady from Carmo and the Mass to Saint Cecily, both by P. José Mauricio. The last one released again, then in CD in 1995. The same happened to the Castro Lobo’s Mass in 8 Voices in CD in Belgium in 1993. The composers from our century have also received special attention from the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION, especially Villa-Lobos, whose Saint Sebastian Mass for cappella choral was recorded. Contemporary composers frequently feel the interest from the Choral Singing Association members in performing their scores for the first times.

The CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION also performed on making the Brazilian music internationally known. It was in 1965 when under the direction of Cleofe Person de Mattos, the cappella choral carried out a tour of 25 concerts in several countries including the cities of Paris, Chartres  (Chartres Cathedral), London, Madrid, Cologne, Vienna, Oporto and Lisboa. In 1977 it took part, in the Santiago Chorus Festival in Chile, with Francisco Mignone’s Mass in F minor.

From 1995 to 2012, following the same artistic ideals of its founder, the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION had Maestro Carlos Alberto Figueiredo as its Artistic Director and its Main Conductor Ms. Valéria Matos. In 2013, Jésus Figueiredo assumes the post of Main Conductor.

In 2000 the Cappella Choral under the direction of Ms. Valéria Matos, carried out a tour in the Latin-American countries Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. It performs the concert  “ PANORAMA OF THE BRAZILIAN CHORAL MUSIC”.

Until now the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION has performed about 750 concerts.

In its significant long course, and doubtless unusual to happen with amateur groups, the CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION has exclusively supported itself through the contribution of associates and eventual sponsorship of public and private companies. The CHORAL SINGING ASSOCIATION does not rely on any public subsidy. It was recognized of Public Utility, with no profitable purposes by the Decree. N.26652 of May 11, 1949.