Morillo, Roberto García

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Morillo, Roberto García

Morillo, Roberto García, Argentine composer and music critic; b. Buenos Aires, Jan. 22, 1911. He studied composition with Aguirre and Juan José Castro; later took courses with Gaito and Ugarte. From 1926 to 1930 he was in Paris. Returning to Argentina, he taught at the National Cons. in Buenos Aires and wrote music criticism for La Nación. He publ. monographs on Mussorgsky (1943), Rimsky-Korsakov (1945), and Carlos Chávez (1960); also Julian Bautista en la música española contemporânea (1949). His music is marked by propulsive rhythms and a strong sense of dissonant counterpoint.


orch.:Berseker, symphonic poem (Buenos Aires, Dec. 29, 1932); Piano Concerto (Buenos Aires, Nov. 7, 1940); The Fall of the House of Usher, after Poe (Buenos Aires, May 12,1943); 3 syms. (1948,1955,1961); Variaciones olímpicas (1958); 3 pinturas de Piet Mondrian (1960); Ciclo de Dante Alighieri for Chamber Orch. (1970); Dionysos (1971); Concerto a 9 for 3 Clarinets and Strings (1943). chamber: Quartet for Violin, Cello, Clarinet, and Piano (1937); Las pinturas negras de Goya for Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon (Montevideo, May 27, 1940); String Quartet (1951). piano: 5 sonatas (1935–62); Divertimento sobre temas de Paul Klee for Wind Quintet (1967; orchestrated 1971). vocal:Cantata de los caballeros for Soprano and Orch., after Garcia Lorca (1965); Cantata festiva for Chorus (1971). other: Film music.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire