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Raul Ferrão

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Raul Ferrão


Raul Ferrão (25 October 1890, Lisbon, Portugal – 30 April 1953, Lisbon ) was a Portuguese military man and composer.

He attended the Military College between 1901 and 1907. He reached the rank of at lieutenant colonel of the army and was professor at the Military Academy. In 1932, he was made Commander of the Order of Industrial Merit, and Commander of the Military Order of Avis in 1935. Music was a hobby.

Ferrão wrote music for hundreds of plays and magazines and for some of the most acclaimed Portuguese films.He is responsible for the greatest worldwide success of Portuguese music: Coimbra, also known as April in Portugal, celebrated all over the world by Amália Rodrigues, Cochicho, Camélias, Burrié, Old Tendinha, Rosa Enjeitada, Ribatejo. He wrote music for operettas such as A Invasão, Ribatejo, Nazaré, Incarnado Vest and Senhora da Atalaia.

Raul Ferrão received the Filipe Duarte Prize (1945/1946) of the SNI, given to authors of the lyrics and music and artist of the best operetta song number, for Menina Lisboa, included in the show A Invasion.

In the movies he wrote songs for, among others, the films The Song of Lisbon (1933), Maria Papoila (1937), The Village of the White Clothes (1939) and The Balcony of the Rouxinóis (1939).

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