Liduino Pitombeira (Brazil, 1962) is professor of Composition at the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in Brazil. His music has been performed by The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Germany), The Louisiana Sinfonietta, Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, New York University New Music Trio, Orquestra Sinfônica do Espírito Santo (Brazil), Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Duo Barrenechea (Brazil), The Alexander-Soares Duo, Orchestra Sinfônica de Ribeirão Preto (Brazil), Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), The Chicago Philharmonic, and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil). He has received many composition awards in Brazil and the USA, including the first prize in the 1998 Camargo Guarnieri Composition Competition and the first prize in the "Sinfonia dos 500 Anos" Composition Contest. He also received the 2003 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year Award for his piece "Brazilian Landscapes No. 1". Three more pieces of his series Brazilian Landscapes (No. 2, No. 6, and No. 9) were awarded first prizes in the USA. Dr. Pitombeira received his PhD in composition from the Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dinos Constantinides. He is a member of ASCAP, Society of Composers Inc., Associação de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Música (ANPPOM), and College Music Society. He has published many scientific articles on composition and theory and developed research as a member of the MusMat Research Group of the UFRJ. His pieces are published by Edition Peters, Bella Musica, Criadores do Brasil (OSESP), Conners, Alry, RioArte, and Irmãos Vitale. Recordings of his works were made by Magni, Summit, Centaur, Antes, Filarmonika, Blue Griffin, and Bis labels.


Brazilian Landscapes No. 1 - 1st mov - 'Carmo'

This is the first piece of a series called Brazilian Landscapes, which portrays the composer’s own impressions about Brasil, his native country. It is in three movements, each one inspired by a specific composer. The first one, Carmo, is a reference to Egberto Gismonti. Stylistic references and quotations of Gismonti’s work are present in this movement. The second, Calado, is inspired by “Flor Amorosa,” a choro by composer Joaquim Antônio da Silva Calado. The last one is inspired by Camargo Guarnieri’s sonorities. Brazilian Landscapes No.1 is recipient of the 2003 Louisiana Music Teachers Association Commission Award and winner of the 2003 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year Award.

The Magic Square

Magic squares have been studied for mathematicians for a long time. To write them down we insert some integers into the cells of a square in such a way that each row, column and diagonal have to sum up to the same amount. Here, we choose one combination in which the resulting number will be 15. The magic squares seem to have originated in China sometime before 500 BC. From there they moved to India, Arabs, Babylonians and Greece (Pythagoreans). Also Benjamin Franklin made a great contribution to their study. To write this music I utilized pitch class sets that came from the numbers inside a magic square. Number 5 appears in many places because of its special significance to this music (5/8 measures, quintuplets, short 5-notes phrases etc).