Martinez, José Daniel

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Martinez, José Daniel

Martinez, José Daniel, Puerto Rican composer and pianist; b. San Juan, Sept. 8, 1956. He studied with Luis Antonio Ramirez and Luz N. Hutchinson at the Cons, of Music in Puerto Rico (certificate of diploma, 1975) and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.A. in composition, 1977; M.A. in piano, 1980). He taught piano and theory at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester (1977–80) and at the Cons, of Music in Puerto Rico (1981–82); in 1982–83 he worked as an accompanist in N.Y. In 1985 he made a recording of Puerto Rican “Danzas” for the Círculo de Recreo de San German, where he subsequently taught at the Interamerican Univ. of Puerto Rico.

Works

Dos preludios for Piano (1971); Fantasía for Violin and Piano (1973); Tema y variaciones for Piano (1974); Tiempo sinfònico for Chamber Orch. (1976); Impromptu for Chamber Ensemble (1983); Música para la Interamericana for Organ and Baroque Orch. (1984); Concierto para aulos...Reflexiones sobre el retorno de un cometa for Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, Horn, and Piano (1986); Cello Sonata (1987).

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