Escobar, Luis Antonio

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Escobar, Luis Antonio

Escobar, Luis Antonio, Colombian composer; b. Villapinzón, near Bogota, July 14, 1925. He studied at the Bogota Cons., then took courses with Nicolas Nabokov at the Peabody Cons, in Baltimore and with Boris Blacher in Berlin. He returned to Bogotà in 1953, and received the post of prof, at the Cons., which he held until 1962. His style is brisk and terse in the modern manner; but there is in his music also a melo-rhythmic pattern of Spanish-American dances.


Flute Concertino (1951); Avirama, ballet (1955); Sinfonia Cero (1955); Sinfonia X (1955); Harpsichord Concertino (1958); Piano Concerto (1959); Los hampones, opera for Soloists, Chorus, and Percussion (1961); Juramento a Bolivar for Men’s Chorus and Orch. (1964); Little Symphony (Washington, D.C., May 7, 1965); 2 string quartets; 2 violin sonatas; 5 piano sonatinas (1950–59); etc.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire