Alfredo Keil

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Birthday
3, 1850
Birthplace
Portugal
Death Date
Oct 4, 1907 (57)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
3, 1850
Birthplace
Portugal
Death Date
Oct 4, 1907 (57)

About

Composed the Portuguese national anthem, "A Portuguesa," in 1891, although it was not adopted until four years after his death. The lyrics were penned by poet and playwright Henrique Lopes de Mendonça.

Before Fame

He studied in Germany and Portugal before starting his career. He would become known for his operas, though he was also a romantic painter. In fact, historians would consider him to be the last great Portuguese romantic painter.

Trivia

His most popular operas included "D. Branca" from 1883, "Irene" from 1893, and "Serrana" from 1899, which was at one time considered the greatest Portuguese opera.

Family Life

He was born to Johann Christian Keil and Maria Josefina Stellflug.

Associated With

He was a romantic composer like Giuseppe Verdi.