Pittaluga, Gustavo , Spanish composer; b. Madrid, Feb. 8, 1906. He studied law at the Univ. of Madrid and composition with Oscar Espiá. He was a member of the Grupo de los 8 in Madrid and of the Paris group of modern musicians, Triton (1935), and from 1936 to 1939 a member of the staff of the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C. (for the Loyalist government). He then settled in the U.S., where he was active with the film library at the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. (1941–43).
Vocalise–Étude for Voice and Piano (1932); La Romería de los Cornudos, ballet (1933); El Loro, zarzuela (1933); Concerto militaire for Violin and Orch. (1933); Ricercare for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Trumpet (1934); Petite suite for 10 Instruments (1935; also as 3 pièces pour une espagnolade for Piano); Berceuse for Violin and Piano (1935); 6 danses espagnoles en suite for Piano (1935); Capriccio alla romantica for Piano and Orch. (1936); 5 canciones populares for Chorus and 10 Instruments (1939); Habanera for Violin and Piano (1942); Lament for Federico García Lorca for Narrator and Orch. (1942).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire