Urrutia-Blondel, Jorge, Chilean composer, teacher, and writer on music; b. La Serena, Sept. 17, 1903; d. Santiago, July 5, 1981. He studied with Pedro Humberto Allende and Domingo Santa Cruz, and in 1928 traveled to Europe, where he took lessons with Koechlin, Dukas, and Boulanger in Paris, and with Hindemith and Mersmann in Berlin. Returning to Chile, he was appointed prof. of harmony at the Cons, in Santiago (1931). His early works followed along nationalist lines but he later turned to post-impressionism and neo-classicism. He wrote many articles on contemporary music and folk music in his homeland, and, with S. Claro, he publ. the study Historia de la música en Chile (Santiago, 1973).
dramatic: Ballet: La guitarra del diablo (Santiago, Nov. 27,1942; 2 sym. suites., 1942). ORCH.: Música para un Cuento de Antaño (1948); Piano Concerto (1950). CHAMBER : Piano Trio (1933); Concertino for Harp and Guitar (1943); String Quartet (1944); Violin Sonata (1954); piano pieces. VOCAL : Choruses; song cycles on Chilean motifs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire