Ernani Aguiar

Ernani Henrique Chaves Aguiar (born 30 August 1950, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian composer, choral conductor, and musicologist.

A scholarship winner to the Argentine Mozarteum, Aguiar studied under various composers and conductors in South America and later in Europe, including Sergiu Celibidache. As a musicologist, he has specialized in the revising, editing, and revival of works by composers of the 18th century Minas Gerais School. He has written a number of instrumental pieces, but his most famous works are his choral pieces, such as the energetic Salmo 150 (1993), which feature rhythmic backgrounds with very rapid articulations. Salmo 150 has proved a very popular piece among choral conductors worldwide, particularly within the American Choral Directors Association.

He is currently a professor of music at the University of Rio de Janeiro, a fellow of the Villa-Lobos Institute, and a member of the Academia Brasileira de Música.

Choral works
Cantilena, para coro "a capella"
Danças, para barítono e cordas, 1993
Falai de Deus, para coro "a capella"
Missa Brevis
Missa Brevis II in honorem S. Francisci Assisiensis, para coro "a capella"
Missa Brevis III
O sacrum convivium, para coro misto "a capella"
Oração de São Francisco, para coro misto "a capella"
Psalm 74
Psalmus CL, para coro "a capella"
Refrão, para coro misto "a capella"
Sacipererê, para coro infantil "a capella"
Salmo 150 (Psalm 150), 1993
Venid, para coro "a capella"
Ave Maria SSATB a capella

Instrumental works
Bifonia nº 1 e nº 2, para flauta e fagote
Duo, para violino e cello, 1986
Melorritmias, para flauta
Miniaturas, para clarineta e piano
Sonatina, para piano
Toques de cabocolinhos, para piano
Três peças, para trompete e piano, 1971
Violoncelada, para oito violoncelos, 1993

Operatic works
O menino Maluquinho, 1993

Orchestral works
Cantata de Natal, para coro e orquestra
Cantata O menino maluquinho, para coro e orquestra, 1989
Cantos sacros para orixás, para coro e orquestra, 1994
Sinfonietta prima, para orquestra sinfônica, 1990
"Quatro momentos No 3"