Uribe Holguín, Guillermo (1880–1971)

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Uribe Holguín, Guillermo (1880–1971)

Guillermo Uribe Holguín (b. 17 March 1880; d. 26 June 1971), Colombian composer. Guillermo Uribe Holguín began the study of music in Bogotá, where he was born, and continued his studies in New York and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He conducted, taught, served as director of Colombia's Conservatorio Nacional (1910–1935, 1942–1947), and wrote a work on harmony as well as an autobiography. But he is best known as a composer, generally considered Colombia's greatest. His extensive body of works includes eleven symphonies, concerti and chamber music, numerous piano pieces, and songs. In style and technique he was strongly influenced by French impressionism, and for many years he disdained the use of elements from popular Colombian musical culture. Starting with his second symphony (Del terruño) in 1924, however, he turned increasingly to national rhythms and melody in his composing, thus giving qualified expression to musical nationalism.

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Eliana Duque Guillermo Uribe Holguín y sus "300 trozos en el sentimiento popular" (1980).

Nicolas Slonimsky, Music of Latin America (1945; 1972), pp. 171-172.

Additional Bibliography

Béhague, Gerard. "Music since c. 1920." In The Cambridge History of Latin America, volume 10, Leslie Bethell, editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Martina, Aileen. "The Traditional Bambuco in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Colombian Composition." Mus. M. thesis, University of North Texas, 1993.

                                        David Bushnell