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Garrido-Lecca Seminario, Celso (1926–)

Garrido-Lecca Seminario, Celso (1926–)

Celso Garrido-Lecca Seminario (b. 9 March 1926), Peruvian composer. Born in Piura, Peru, Garrido-Lecca was a student of Rodolfo Holzmann until moving to Chile, where he studied under Free Focke and Domingo Santa Cruz. He also studied orchestration with Aaron Copland in the United States. Later, at the Theater Institute of the University of Chile, he served as musical adviser, composition teacher, and composer. After the fall of the government of President Salvador Allende in 1973, he returned to Peru. He has taught at the National Conservatory in Lima and has represented Peru at various international events, including the Second Encuentros de Música Latinoamericana (Cuba, 1972) and the First International Rostrum of Latin American Music (TRIMALCA) International Music Council (IMC; Colombia, 1979). The music of Garrido-Lecca is often aleatoric, and utilizes modern signs and methods of notation. Garrido-Lecca has composed works for orchestra, string quartet, and piano, as well as chamber music and incidental music for theater and films. In October 2000 Garrido-Lecca receieved the Tomás Luis de Victoria award given to the best Ibero-American composer by the General Society of Authors and Publishers of Spain (SGAE).

See alsoMusic: Art Music; Musical Instruments.


John Vinton, ed., Dictionary of Contemporary Music (1971).

Samuel Claro Valdés, Historia de la mú sica en Chile (1973).

Gérard Béhague, Music in Latin America: An Introduction (1979).

Additional Bibliography

Garrido-Lecca, Celso. "Rodolfo Holzmann habla de música peruana: Una conversación con Celso Garrido-Lecca." Hueso Húmero 43 (Dec. 2003): 67-76.

Véjar Pérez-Rubio, Carlos, Kaarina Véjar Amarillas, and Manuel de Elías. Contrapuntos: Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte, su nacimiento. Mexico City: Archipiélago, 2000.

                                        Sergio Barroso

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