Brazilian Composer, born in Rio de Janeiro in May 18, 1914

Student of Francisco Braga at the National School of Music of Brazil, Cacilda belongs to a tradition of composers that include in a long line of tutor and pupil, Francisco Manoel da Silva, and deep into the XVIIIth. Century, through the court composers of King John VI of Portugal and Brazil, Salieri.

Some of her compositions can be found at the Classical Music Archives, with interpretation of Alvaro Furtado de Mendonça, or at this webpage, with MIDI renditions by André L. Lopes [hear this charming Study ] and Rogério Cunha.

For other Midi archives, see here

For MP3 archives, see here

Working with Villa Lobos since 1930, Cacilda eventually led the same Service of Music of the City of Rio de Janeiro that Villa has founded, and was Director of the Instituto Villa Lobos. In the years 50’ she was Professor of Chamber Music at the School where she graduated. She also taught Composition at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, Rythmoplasty at the School of Dance of The Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro and conducted classes in many other schools troughout the country.

See here references made to her in other Internet sources

She has a very peculiar style, sometimes very reminiscent of the Brazilian, or rather Rio de Janeiro, "chorinho", a street instrumental music of strong contrapuntal mood. In this example of her craft, played originally by Álvaro on very modern synthesizer, with some instrumental dabblings in MIDI to enhance the deep intertwining of the three voice fugatto.

Women composers are a very rare breed, and a site dedicated to them could not miss her. When she was graduating as an orchestral conductor, some of the examiners proposed to veto her license on account that she was too petite to lead powerful assemblies of musicians. However, I saw her beat time for many orchestras and once for more than 30,000 persons at the same time, very well seen and noted by all of them. Cacilda is certainly larger than life.