Massa, Juan Bautista

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Massa, Juan Bautista

Massa, Juan Bautista, Argentine composer; b. Buenos Aires, Oct. 29, 1885; d. Rosario, March 7, 1938. He studied violin and composition, and became a choral conductor. He moved to Rosario, where he was active as a teacher.


dramatic: opera:Zoraide (Buenos Aires, May 15, 1909); L’Evaso (Rosario, June 23, 1922); La Magdalena (Buenos Aires, Nov. 9, 1929). operetta:Esmeralda (1903); Triunfo del corazon (1910); La eterna historia (1911). ba11et:El cometa (Buenos Aires, Nov. 8, 1932). orch.: La muerte del Inca, symphonic poem (Buenos Aires, Oct. 15, 1932); 2 Argentine suites; other pieces on native themes.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire