Pinilla, Enrique (1927–1989)

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Pinilla, Enrique (1927–1989)

Enrique Pinilla (b. 3 August 1927; d. 1989), Peruvian composer. Pinilla was born in Lima and studied at the National Conservatory until 1946. For the next two years he studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He completed his education at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid where he lived until 1958. He became a student of Boris Blacher at the Berlin School of Music. In 1966–1967, Pinilla studied electronic music at Columbia University under the direction of Vladimir Ussachevsky and Alcides Lanza. Pinilla was the head of the music and film department at the Casa de la Cultura and director of the television and film department at the University of Lima.

Among his principal compositions are Sonatina for flute (1950); Once canciones populares for voice and piano (1952); and Six Pieces for strings and woodwinds (1958). A very effective use of shifting meters can be seen in his Estudio sobre el ritmo de la marinera for piano (1959). His interest in rhythmic structures evolved further during the 1960s in Four Pieces for fourteen wind instruments (1960); Three Movements for percussion ensemble (1961); Four Pieces for orchestra (1961); Canto no. 1 for orchestra (1963); Collages nos. 1 and 2 for piano (1966); Festejo for orchestra (1966); Prisma for tape (1967); Canto no. 2 for orchestra (1968); Piano Concerto (1970); Peruvian Suite for orchestra (1972); Evoluciones no. 2 for percussion and orchestra (1976); and Cinco piezas para percusión (1977). He also wrote Tres piezas para guitarra (1987); La niña de la lámpara azul for choir (1981); and Diez piezas infantiles for piano (1987).

See alsoMusic: Art Music .


John Vinton, ed., Dictionary of Contemporary Music (1974), p. 574.

Gérard Béhague, Music in Latin America: An Introduction (1979), pp. 311-312; New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980).

Additional Bibliography

Valcárcel, Edgar. Enrique Pinilla: Hombre y artista. Lima: Universidad de Lima, Fondo de Desarrollo Editorial, 1999.

                                        Alcides Lanza