Famous Composers from Portugal

List of notable or famous composers from Portugal, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Portugal and even some popular composers who immigrated to Portugal. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Portuguese composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Portugal is included when available.

This list includes Joe Raposo, Pedro Camacho and more.

This historic composers from Portugal list can help answer the questions "Who are some Portuguese composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Portugal?" These prominent composers of Portugal may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Portuguese composers.

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  • António de Lima Fragoso (17 June 1897 – 13 October 1918) was a Portuguese composer and pianist.
    • Age: Dec. at 21 (1897-1918)
    • Birthplace: Cantanhede Municipality, Portugal
  • Barbara of Portugal
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    Barbara of Portugal

    Barbara of Portugal (Maria Madalena Bárbara Xavier Leonor Teresa Antónia Josefa; 4 December 1711 – 27 August 1758) was an Infanta of Portugal, and a Queen of Spain by marriage to Ferdinand VI of Spain.
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1711-1758)
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Carlos Paredes, ComSE, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluʃ pɐˈɾedɨʃ]; 16 February 1925 – 23 July 2004) was a virtuoso Portuguese guitar player and composer, born in Coimbra. The son of the equally famous guitarist Artur Paredes, he is credited for popularising the Portuguese guitar to an international audience.
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)
    • Birthplace: Coimbra, Portugal
  • Daniel Cardoso (born 28 March 1981) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He was born in the south of Portugal, and is currently a member of British band Anathema. Daniel was also in Head Control System with Kristoffer Rygg and Leafblade with Danny Cavanagh.First known as the drummer in the band SiriuS, and with whom he released two records through the Norwegian label Nocturnal Art Productions (property of Tomas "Samoth" Haugen). In addition to his drumming, Daniel was responsible for all the orchestral compositions, synth performance, most of the bass guitar recordings as well as co-producing both albums. His experiences in SiriuS has helped Daniel develop a multi-angled perception of music creation. When SiriuS later nailed down a record deal with Nuclear Blast he decided to move on, because, as he said, "it just wasn't funny anymore". He then conceived and commenced working on SinDRomE, i.e. Severe Damage on Reason and Equilibrium, his musical "means" to manipulate minds via sound, that would later become Head Control System.Daniel presently has an extensive curriculum as both producer and/or session musician for a vast list of bands: Anneke van Giersbergen, Head Control System, Ava Inferi, Angelus Apatrida, Heavenwood, Ramp (live), Anathema (live), Vertigo Steps, W.A.K.O., and many more. Furthermore, he was invited by the band Re:aktor (signed on Nuclear Blast) to join their flanks - which he did for a while - featuring on their debut record's single video and joining them on their European tour supporting US band Exodus as a drummer. One of his most acclaimed outcomes is the work with Kristoffer Rygg on Murder Nature, Head Control System's debut album, released worldwide by The End Records (US) and VME (Europe). He also recently started developing his solo efforts as Del, although things are not clear whether this is a serious project or not.During late 2010, Daniel started producing and co-writing Dutch artist Anneke van Giersbergen's fourth studio album "Everything is Changing". The new single "Feel Alive" came out on YouTube on September 2011 and the album is expected to come out on early 2012. Daniel also owns the brand UltraSoundStudios, a franchised company that has two recording studios operating in Portugal, one in Braga, in northern Portugal and the other one in Moita, southern Portugal. He currently splits his production jobs across both studios.
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Beja, Portugal, Portugal
  • Fernando Lopes-Graça, GOSE, GCIH (Tomar, 17 December 1906 – Parede, near Cascais, November 27, 1994) was a Portuguese composer, conductor and musicologist. Lopes-Graça was influenced by Portuguese popular music, which he also studied, continuing the work of the composer and musicologist Francisco de Lacerda. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party and strenuously opposed the Estado Novo and its leader António de Oliveira Salazar. He completed the Dicionário de Música (Dictionary of Music), started by his teacher, Tomás Borba, himself a composer.
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1906-1994)
    • Birthplace: Tomar, Portugal
  • Joseph Guilherme Raposo, OIH (February 8, 1937 – February 5, 1989) was an American composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children's television series Sesame Street, for which he wrote the theme song, as well as classic songs such as "Bein' Green" and "C Is For Cookie". He also wrote music for television shows such as The Electric Company, Shining Time Station and the sitcoms Three's Company and The Ropers, including their theme songs. In addition to these works, Raposo also composed extensively for three Dr. Seuss TV specials in collaboration with the DePatie-Freleng Enterprises: Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977), Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? (1980), and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982).
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1937-1989)
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Fall River