April’s composer of the month is Alberto Ginastera.
Born: April 11, 1916
Died: June 25, 1983
• When he was five years old, Ginastera became upset that he was unable to play his country's national anthem on a toy flute, because of its limited range.
• He entered the Williams Conservatory in Buenos Aires at age 12.
• The composer was twice forbidden to teach at a music school he founded, due to his criticism of Argentine military governments
• One of the composer's most notable students was Ástor Piazzola, who studied with him in 1941.
• Ginastera studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood from 1945-47.
Three important works:
• String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 (1948)
• Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23 (1953)
• Sonata for Guitar, Op. 47 (1976)
Audio Backpack playlist: Alberto Ginastera