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Portuguese authorities announced plans Tuesday to set up a museum in memory of one of the country's most successful composers, Fernando Lopes-Graca, who died in 1994 at the age of 87.

The museum will be located in the house where Lopes-Graca was born in the central town of Tomar, some 150 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of Lisbon, and is scheduled to open in October 2007, the town's cultural programmer Ana Soares told daily newspaper Diario de Noticias.

A piano that was regularly used by Lopes-Graca as well as some of his letters will be among the objects on display, she said.

Portugal on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late composer, whose works were based on the melodies of Portuguese folk music, with a series of concerts and conferences across the country.

Lopes-Graca, who won several national composition prizes, was a strong opponent of the right-wing dictatorship of Antonio Oliveira Salazar which was toppled in a nearly bloodless coup in 1974.

His most famous works include "Requiem for the Victims of Fascism in Portugal," "Heroic Songs," and "The First Christmas Cantata".



AFP 191247 GMT 12 06

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