Obituary: Composer Luis de Pablo dies at 91

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Composer Luis De Pablo died on October 10 at the age of 91.

He was an avant-garde Basque composer, an important member of the famous Vanguardia de la Música Española and the main representative of what was called Generación del 51.

The Bilbao native created the first electroacoustic music laboratory in Spain and composed the first lyrical work with an IBM computer in 1966 at the Computing Center of the University of Madrid. He has also translated books on Schoenberg and Webern.

He represented Spain at the International Society of Contemporary Music Festival in Prague and taught at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina before returning to Spain as a professor of contemporary music analysis. He has also been a teacher in Buffalo, Albany, New York, Canada, Germany, among others.

Some of his works include the operas “Kiu”, “La Señorita Cristina” and “El Viajero Indiscreto”. He has also written music for films, choral works, chamber music and works for orchestra.

Throughout his life he received several distinctions, including the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts 1986, the National Music Prize 1991, the Community of Madrid Culture Prize 2001, the Music Prize of the Guerrero Foundation 2004 and the Tomás Luis de Vitoria Prize 2009.


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