Dianda, Hilda (1925–)

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Dianda, Hilda (1925–)

Hilda Dianda (b. 13 April 1925), Argentine composer. Born in Córdoba, she studied under Honorio Siccardi and did postgraduate work in Europe (1958–1962) under Gian Francesco Malipiero and Hermann Scherchen. Dianda wrote some electroacoustic works at the Studío di Fonologia Musicale in Milan, Italy, and attended the new music summer courses in Darmstadt, Germany. Her early works have traces of moderated modernism—dissonant chords and jagged melodies—and a lyrical style. This is true of Concertante for cello and orchestra (1952) and Poemas de amor desesperado for voice and six instruments (1942). Later her style became more experimental, and she was one of the leading figures of the musical avant-garde in Argentina. Dianda participated in numerous international festivals, including Florence, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Washington, D.C., Mexico, Zagreb, and Donaueschingen. Dianda has also written articles published in several publications around the world and one book, Música en la Argentina de hoy (1966). For several years Dianda collaborated as a composer-member and concert organizer with the Agrupación Música Viva in Buenos Aires. This organization, which also included composers Gerardo Gandini, Armando Krieger, Antonio Tauriello, and Alcides Lanza, presented concerts in Buenos Aires consisting of their own compositions and contemporary music from other countries.

Other important compositions by Hilda Dianda are Núcleos for two pianos, vibraphone, xylorimba, eight percussionists, and string orchestra (1963); Estructuras nos. 1, 2, and 3 for cello and piano (1960); String Quartet no. 3 (1963–1964); Percusión 11, for eleven percussionists (1963); Ludus no. 1 for orchestra (1968); Ludus no. 2 for eleven performers (1969); Idá-ndá's for three percussionists (1969); a7 for cello and five tapes (1966); Resonancias no. 3 for cello and orchestra (1965); Resonancias no. 5 for two choirs (1967–1968); Ludus no. 3 for organ (1969); Impromptu for string orchestra (1970); and Cadencias no. 2 for violin and piano (1986).

See alsoMusic: Art Music .


Fourth Inter-American Music Festival (1968), pp. 41, 67.

Rodolfo Arizaga, Enciclopedia de la música argentina (1971), p. 117.

John Vinton, ed., Dictionary of Contemporary Music (1974), pp. 184-185.

Gérard Béhague, Music in Latin America: An Introduction (1979), p. 336; New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980).

Additional Bibliography

Dal Farra, Ricardo. "Something Lost, Something Hidden, Something Found: Electroacoustic Music by Latin American Composers." Organised Sound 11 (2006): 131-142.

                                        Alcides Lanza