Quintanar, Héctor , Mexican composer, conductor, and music educator; b. Mexico City, April 15, 1936. He studied with Chavez, Halffter, and Galindo at the National Cons. in Mexico City (1959–64). After working on problems of electronic music in N.Y. (1964), Paris (1967), and Mexico City (1968), he supervised the construction of Mexico’s first electronic music studio at the National Univ. in 1970. In 1975 he founded the Music School of the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Musica (SACM) in Mexico City, and served as its first director until 1984. He was conductor of the Phil. Orch. of the National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM) from 1976 to 1980, of the Michoacân Sym. Orch. in 1986–87, and of the Orch. of the Univ. of Guanajuato from 1992 to 1997.
ORCH.: 3 numbered syms. (1960, 1962, 1964); Sinfonìa Modal (1961); El Viejo y el Mar, symphonic poem (1963); Galaxias (1968); Sidéral II (1969); Mezcla for Tape and Orch. (1972); Aries (1974); Fiestas (1976); Canto breve (1982); Himno (1985); Divertimento (1989); Tròpico (1992); Paisaje (1994; also for Winds and Percussion, 1986); Concierto Clasko for Piano and Orch. (Guanajuato City, Oct. 19, 1997). CHAMBER: Double Quartet for String Quartet, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1966); String Trio (1966); Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (1967); Sonata (No. 2) for 3 Trumpets (1967); Simbolos for 7 Instruments, Lights, Tape, and Optional Slides (1969); Llapso for 7 Instruments (1970); Quintet for Flute, Trumpet, Violin, Double Bass, and Piano (1972); Duo for Percussion and Tape (1975); Piano Trio (1977); Paisaje for Winds and Percussion (1986; also for Orch., 1994); 20 pequenos estudios para ninos for Violin and Piano (1995); 20 estudios para principiantes for Horn and Piano (1996). KEYBOARD: Piano: Sonidos (1970); Diälogos for Piano and Tape (1973); 5 Piezas para Ninos (1990). VOCAL: Fabula for Chorus and Orch. (1964); Aclamaciones for Chorus, Orch., and Tape (1967); Solutio? for Soprano and Piano (1968). Tape: Sidéral I (1968) and m (1971).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire