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Valcárcel, Teodoro

Valcárcel, Teodoro

Valcárcel, Teodoro, Peruvian composer, uncle of Edgar Valcárcel; b. Puno, Oct. 17, 1900; d. Lima, March 20, 1942. He studied at the Milan Cons. (1914-16) and with Felipe Pedrell in Barcelona. In 1928 he won the National Prize for Peruvian composers, and was awarded a gold medal from the municipality of Lima for his studies in Peruvian folk music. In 1929 he went to Europe once more; presented a concert of his works in Paris (April 12, 1930). In 1931 he settled in Lima. He was of pure Indian origin; as a native of the highlands, he was able to collect Indian songs unpolluted by urban influences. He publ. 30 cantos de alma vernacular; 4 canciones incaicas; 25 romances de costa y sierra peruana; 180 melodías del folklore. Among his original works are the ballets (with singing) Suray-Suritaand Ckori Kancha; 2symphonic suites (both 1939); En las ruinas del Templo del Sol,tone poem (1940); Concierto indiofor Violin and Orch. (1940); 3 ensayosfor an ensemble of Native Instruments; Fiestas andinasfor Piano; Suite autóctonafor Violin and Piano; songs. A catalogue of his works was publ. by R. Holzmann in Boletín Bibliográfico de la Universidad nacional mayor de San Marcos,XII (1942).

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