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Castellanos, Gonzalo (1926–)

Castellanos, Gonzalo (1926–)

Gonzalo Castellanos (b. 1926) Venezuelan composer and conductor. Born in Caracas to a musical family, Castellanos studied piano and organ with his father before apprenticing with the great Vicente Emilio Sojo at the National Modern School. This institution and its graduates initiated a new movement in Venezuelan music that was based on a postimpressionist aesthetic. Castellanos traveled to Paris, where he was active in the Schola Cantorum, and later received training from the European pianist Sergiu Celibidache. Upon his return to Venezuela, Castellanos conducted the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra and served at the collegium of the Museum of Caracas. Among his most famous pieces are Suite caraquẼna, Symphonic Fantasy, and Andelación e imitación fugaz.

See alsoMusic: Art Music .


Helen Delpar, ed., Encyclopedia of Latin America (1974).

José Antonio Calcano, La ciudad y su música: Crónica músical de Caracas (1985).

Luís Felipe Ramón y Rivera, 50 Años de música en Caracas, 1930–1980 (1988).

Additional Bibliography

Astor, Miguel. Aproximación fenomenológica a la obra musical de Gonzalo Castellanos Yumar. Caracas: Comisión de Estudios de Postgrado, 2002.

                                          Karen Racine

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