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Alberto Ginastera

April 11, 1916 - June 25, 1983
born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, composed during the Modern period
Emerging on the international music scene in the late '40s, Alberto Ginastera established himself as one of the mid-twentieth century's most distinctive compositional figures. Although he eventually borrowed sonorities and procedures from the serialist and experimentalist movements of the ensuing decades, he did so selectively and undogmatically, synthesizing with ever-increasing sophistication and discretion the echoes of his native Argentina with the expanding compositional palette of the avant-garde.

Ginastera was born in Buenos Aires in 1916, and even in his childhood showed early promise as a performer and composer. His adolescent years were spent in formal studies at the Williams Conservatory, and within a few years of his admittance to the National Conservatory as an undergraduate, his music was receiving national acclaim in prominent performance venues. His initial reputation rested largely on his creative interpretations of and allusions to Argentinean folk materials, as realized in short-form pieces and suites, but by the late '40s and early '50s he had completed a number of more imposing works, such his Piano Sonata No. 1 and his first two string quartets. He had also ventured abroad, first to Tanglewood in 1941, where he became fast friends with Copland, then to other destinations throughout the U.S. in the late '40s, and finally to several venues in Europe during the early '50s, where works such as the Variaciones concertantes and Pampeana No. 3 enjoyed warm receptions. He likewise introduced internationally acclaimed composers to Argentina; he oversaw an ambitious department at Catholic University (1958-1963), and during his tenure as director of the Latin American Centre for Advanced Musical Studies (1963-1971) his invited guests included Messiaen, Nono, Dallapiccola, and Xenakis. Ginastera's works from the '60s, including the opera Don Rodrigo (1963-1964), grew more varied in their methods and ambitious in their scope.

Ginastera worked actively as a composer and champion of new music despite considerable external obstacles; his political views twice put him at odds with the Perón government, which forced his resignation from positions at the National Military Academy and the National University of La Plata (he regained the latter position after Perón's defeat). Personal problems, including marital strife, stifled his productivity in the late '60s, but his divorce and subsequent marriage to cellist Aurora Natola, and his retirement to Switzerland after decades of teaching in Argentina's most prominent musical institutions, gave Ginastera his second wind; his last years were among his most fruitful. ~ J. Neal, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Alberto Ginastera: The Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1

Title: Danzas Argentinas, 3 Pieces For Piano, Op. 2
Title: Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a
Title: American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12
Title: Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22
Title: Pampeana No.2, Rhapsody For Cello & Piano, Op. 21
Title: Argentinian Popular Songs (5), For Voice And Piano, Op. 10
Title: Cello Sonata, Op. 49
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Track List: Complete Piano Music Vol.2

Title: Piezas Infantiles, For Piano (withdrawn By The Composer)
Title: Milonga, For Piano (Arranged From "Canción Del Arbol Olvido" Op.2)
Title: Piezas (3), For Piano, Op. 6
Title: Malambo, For Piano, Op. 7
Title: Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15
Title: Rondo On Argentine Children's Songs, For Piano, Op. 19
Title: Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53
Title: Pampeana No.1, For Violin & Piano, Op. 16
Title: Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54
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Track List: Ginastera: Complete Piano & Organ

Disc 1
Title: Danzas Argentinas, 3 Pieces For Piano, Op. 2
Title: Piezas (3), For Piano, Op. 6
Title: Malambo, For Piano, Op. 7

7. Malambo, For Piano, Op. 7: Malambo, Op. 7

Title: American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12
Title: Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15
Title: Rondo On Argentine Children's Songs, For Piano, Op. 19

25. Rondo On Argentine Children's Songs, For Piano, Op. 19: Rondo Sobre Temas Infantiles Argentinos

Title: Danzas Argentinas Para Los Niños, For Piano (unfinished)
Title: Piezas Infantiles, For Piano (withdrawn By The Composer)
Title: Milonga, For Piano (Arranged From "Canción Del Arbol Olvido" Op.2)

36. Milonga, For Piano (Arranged From "Canción Del Arbol Olvido" Op.2): Cancion Al Arbol Del Olvido "Milonga"

Title: Estancia, Ballet, Op. 8

37. Estancia, Ballet, Op. 8: Pequena Danza

Title: Arrangement: Domenico Zipoli's "Toccata Per Organo", For Piano
Disc 2
Title: Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22
Title: Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53
Title: Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54
Title: Toccata, Villancico & Fugue, For Organ, Op. 18
Title: Variations And Toccata On "Aurora Lucis Rutilat", For Organ, Op. 52
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Track List: Ginastera: Harp Concerto; Estancia; Piano Concerto No. 1

Title: Harp Concerto, Op. 25

1. Harp Concerto, Op. 25: I. Allegro Giusto

2. Harp Concerto, Op. 25: II. Molto Moderato

3. Harp Concerto, Op. 25: III. Vivace

Title: Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a

4. Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a: I. Los Trabadores Agricolas

5. Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a: II. Danza Del Trigo

6. Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a: III. Los Peones De Hacienda

7. Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a: IV. Danza Final "Malambo"

Title: Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 28

8. Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 28: I. Cadenza & Variations (1-10) - Coda

9. Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 28: II. Scherzo Allucinante (Veloce)

10. Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 28: III. Adagissimo (Tempo Molto Flessibile)

11. Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 28: IV. Toccata Concertata (Presto)

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Track List: Ginastera: Pampeana

Title: Creole Faust Overture, For Orchestra, Op. 9
Title: Pampeana No. 3, For Orchestra, Op. 24
Title: Dances From Estancia, Dance Suite From The Ballet, Op. 8a
Title: Glosses On Themes Of Pablo Casals, For Orchestra, Op. 48
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Track List: Ginastera: Panambí; Estancia

Title: Panambí, Ballet, Op. 1
Title: Estancia, Ballet, Op. 8
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Track List: Ginastera: Popol Vuh

Title: Estancia, Ballet, Op. 8
Title: Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15
Title: Panambí, Ballet, Op. 1
Title: Ollantay, 3 Symphonic Movements, For Orchestra, Op. 17
Title: Popol Vuh, For Orchestra, Op. 44
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Track List: Piano Music Of Alberto Ginastera

Title: Milonga, For Piano (Arranged From "Canción Del Arbol Olvido" Op.2)

1. Milonga, For Piano (Arranged From "Canción Del Arbol Olvido" Op.2): Cancion Al Arbol Del Olvido "Milonga"

Title: Danzas Argentinas, 3 Pieces For Piano, Op. 2

2. Danzas Argentinas, 3 Pieces For Piano, Op. 2: I. Danza Del Viejo Boyero

3. Danzas Argentinas, 3 Pieces For Piano, Op. 2: II. Danza De La Moza Donosa

4. Danzas Argentinas, 3 Pieces For Piano, Op. 2: III. Danza Del Gaucho Matrero

Title: American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12

5. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: I. Accents

6. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: II. Sadness

7. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: III. Creole Dance

8. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: IV. Vidale

9. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: V. In The First Pentatonic Minor Mode

10. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: VI. Tribute To Roberto Garcia Morillo

11. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: VII. Octaves

12. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: VIII. Tribute To Juan Jose Castro

13. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: IX. Tribute To Aaron Copland

14. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: X. Pastorale

15. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: XI. Tribute To Heitor Villa-lobos

16. American Preludes (12) For Piano, Op. 12: XII. In The First Pentatonic Major Mode

Title: Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15

17. Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15: I. Adagietto Pianissimo

18. Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15: II. Allegro Rustico

19. Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15: III. Allegretto Cantabile

20. Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15: IV. Calmo E Poetico

21. Creole Dance Suite, For Piano, Op. 15: V. Coda: Presto Ed Energico

Title: Rondo On Argentine Children's Songs, For Piano, Op. 19

22. Rondo On Argentine Children's Songs, For Piano, Op. 19: Rondo Sobre Temas Infantiles Argentinos

Title: Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22

23. Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22: I. Allegro Marcato

24. Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22: II. Presto Misterioso

25. Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22: III. Adagio Molto Appassionato

26. Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22: IV. Ruvido Ed Ostinato

Title: Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53

27. Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53: I. Allegramente

28. Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53: II. Adagio Sereno - Scorrevole - Ripresa Dell'adagio

29. Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53: III. Ostinato Aymara

Title: Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54

30. Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54: Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54

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mtodd876
Great composer with a nice, original voice.
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Violists want this Argentina-Ch a l l a n g e
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer were my introduction to Ginastera. Thank you ELP!
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bryangrant4
Glad I found this one! now that I can view the log of music played, I will probably buy this!
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I'd like to play like that.
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nice song

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