Amengual (-Astaburuaga), René

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Amengual (-Astaburuaga), René

Amengual (-Astaburuaga), René, Chilean composer and teacher; b. Santiago, Sept. 2, 1911; d.there, Aug. 2, 1954. He studied with Allende at Santiago’s National Cons. (1923–35), where he subsequently taught (from 1935) and was its director (from 1945). His early works followed along French lines but he later developed an expressionist idiom


ORCH.: Preludio sinfónico (1939); Piano Concerto (1941–2); Harp Concerto (1950). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1941, 1950); Violin Sonata (1944); Wind Sextet (1953).Piano: Burlesca (1932–38); Sonatina (1938); Introduction and Allegro for 2 Pianos (1939). VOCAL: El Vaso for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1942); choral works; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire