Arizaga, Rodolfo (Bernardo)

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Arizaga, Rodolfo (Bernardo)

Arizaga, Rodolfo (Bernardo), Argentine composer; b. Buenos Aires, July 11, 1926; d. there, May 12, 1985. He studied philosophy at the Univ. of Buenos Aires and composition with Luis Gianneo; then went to Paris, where he took lessons with Boulanger and Messiaen. Beginning with folkloric composition of the traditional Latin American type, he traversed the entire gamut of modern techniques, including 12-tone structures and aleatory composition, and applied these diverse methods liberally according to need and intention.


Prometeo 45, opera (1958); Sonata breve for Ondes Martenot and Piano (1958); Piano Concerto (1963); Tientos para Santa Maria for Orch. (1965); Música para Christóbal Colón for Orch. (1966); Diferenzas del tercer tiento for Organ (1966); 2 string quartets (1968, 1969); various vocal works and piano pieces.


Manuel de Falla (Buenos Aires, 1961); Juan José Castro (Buenos Aires, 1963); ed. Enciclopedia de la mùsica argentina (Buenos Aires, 1971); with P. Camps, Historia de la mùsica en la Argentina (Buenos Aires, 1990)

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire