Luis de Pablo

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Luis de Pablo (2008)

Luis de Pablo Costales (born January 28, 1930 in Bilbao ) is a Spanish composer and music teacher.

De Pablo had a musical education since childhood, but then studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid and after graduating in 1952 worked for several years as a lawyer for the Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España . In 1958 he founded the group Nueva Música , in which Cristóbal Halffter was also involved, in 1959 the concert series Tiempo y Música and in 1965 the group Alea and the first electroacoustic studio in Spain. He translated the Schönberg biography of Hans Heinz Stuckenschmidt and writings by Anton von Webern , organized a biennial for contemporary music in 1964 and with all these activities led Spanish music out of its isolation caused by Franquism .

De Pablo himself went to Germany in the early 1960s, where he met composers such as Bruno Maderna , Pierre Boulez , György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen at the Darmstadt summer courses , and met Max Deutsch, a student of Schönberg, in Paris . In 1972 he founded the Encuentros de Pampelune , a festival for music, theater, cinema and visual arts. However, this was accused by Franco supporters of being "leftist art", while ETA accused the festival of supporting the Franco regime. It was shut down after bombings, while de Pablo was forced to go abroad.

After teaching at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid from 1971 , he was a professor at the University of Buffalo from 1973 , then at the University of Ottawa and the University of Montreal . After Franco's death, he returned to Madrid, where he continued to work as a lecturer, consultant and concert organizer for the promotion of contemporary music.

His catalog raisonné includes more than 200 titles, including electroacoustic music ( Soledad interrumpida , 1971; Chaman , 1975), solo works ( Affetuoso , 1973; Il violino spagnolo , 1988), chamber music ( Polar , 1962; Las Orillas , 1990), orchestral works ( Latidos , 1974; Natura , 2005), vocal music ( Escena , 1964; Cape Cod , 1994) and operas ( Kiu , 1982; Un parque , 2005). For his services he was awarded the Officier des Arts et Lettres (1986), the Premio Nacional de Música (1991), the gold medal of the Círculo de Bellas Artes (2005) and the Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize (2009). excellent.

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