Leng, Afonso

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Leng, Afonso

Leng, Afonso, Chilean composer; b. Santiago, Feb. 11, 1884; d. there, Nov. 7, 1974. He was a student of Enrique Soro at the Santiago Cons. (1905–06), and also studied dentistry at the Univ. of Chile. While pursuing a career as an odontologist, he also was active as a composer. In 1957 he was awarded the National Arts Prize. His works were in a Romantic vein.


orch.: 5 dolores (1920); La muerte de Alsino, symphonic poem (1920; Santiago, May 30, 1931); Canto de Invierno (1932); Fantasia for Piano and Orch. (Santiago, Aug. 28, 1936). chamber:Andante for Piano and String Quartet (1922). piano:Fantasia quasi Sonata (1909); 10 Preludes (1919-32); 2 sonatas (1927, 1950); 2 Otonales (1932). vocal:Psalm 77 for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1941); many songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire