Alberto Evaristo Ginastera -1916

Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (April 11, 1916 – June 25, 1983)

He was an Argentine composer of classical music.  He is considered one of the most important Latin American ginasteraclassical composers.  He studied at the conservatory in Buenos Aires, graduating in 1938. After a visit to the United States in 1945–47, where he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood, he returned to Buenos Aires and co-founded the League of Composers.
He studied at the conservatory in Buenos Aires, graduating in 1938.  After a visit to the United States in 1945–47, where he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood, he returned to Buenos Aires and co- founded the League of Composers. He held a number of teaching posts. He moved back to the United States in 1968 and from 1970 lived inEurope. He died in Geneva at the age of 67.  Among his notable students were Ástor Piazzolla (who studied with him in 1941), Waldo de los Ríos, and Rafael Aponte-Ledée.

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Beatrix Cenci, Op.38 (1971), based on the play The Cenci (1819) by Bomarzo, Op.34 (1967), banned in Argentina until 1972 Don Rodrigo, Op.31 (1964) Percy Bysshe Shelley


Estancia, Op. 8 (1941)

Four Dance from “Estancia” were transcribed for symphonic wind  ensemble by MSgt Donald Patterson, and recorded by Colonel Michael Colburn and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. This arrangement was also recorded by the Marine Band live in concert led by guest conductor Jose Serebrier (available on the Naxos label).
Panambí, Op. 1 (1934-1936)



 Estancia, Op. 9 (1943)
Concerto for strings, Op.33 (1966)
Estudios Sinfonicos, Op.35 (1967)
Glosses on themes of Pablo Casals, for orchestra, Op.48 (1977)
Glosses on themes of Pablo Casals, for strings, Op.46 (1976)
Iubilum, Op.51 (1980)
Ollantay: 3 Symphonic Movements, Op.17 (1947)
Overture to the Creole Faust (Obertura para el “Fausto” criollo) , Op.
Pampeana no.3, Op.24 (1954)
Popol Vuh, Op.44 (1975)
Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23 (1953)

Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 36 (1968)
Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 50 (1980)
Harp Concerto, Op. 25 (1956)
Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 28 (1961)
       1. Cadenza e varianti
       2. Scherzo allucinante
       3. Adagissimo
       4. Toccata concertata
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 39 (1972)
       1. 32 variazioni sopra un accordo di Beethoven
       2. Scherzo per la mano sinistra
       3. Quasi una fantasia
       4. Cadenza
       5. Finale prastissimo
Violin Concerto, Op. 30 (1963)


“Little Dance” for piano from Ballet ” Estancia ” Op. 8
“Rondo” on Argentine children’s folk-tunes Rondó sobre temas
Danzas Argentinas Op. 2 (1937)
Danzas Argetinas para los ninos
Ginastera’s arrangement of an “Organ Toccata” by Domenico Zipoli
I. Moderato for Alex
II.Passage Paisaje for Georgina
infantiles argentinos Op. 19 (1947)
Malambo Op. 7 ( 1940)
Milonga for piano Op. 3
Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 22 (1952)
Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 53 (1981)
Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 54 (1982)
Piezas Infantiles (1934)
Suite of Creole dances Suite de Danzas Criollas Op. 15 (1946)
Three pieces Tres Piezas Op. 6 (1940)
Toccata for piano (1970)
Twelve American preludes Doce preludios americanos Op. 12 (1944)


Toccata – Finale: Tema
Toccata, Villancico y Fuga, Op.18 (1947)
Variación 1: Maestoso
Variación 10: Pastorale
Variación 11: Andantino poetico
Variación 12: Lento
Variación 2: Tempo giusto
Variación 3: Impetuoso, l’istesso tempo
Variación 4: Vivacissimo
Variación 5: L’istesso tempo
Variación 6: L’istesso tempo
Variación 7: Sereno
Variación 8: Estatico
Variación 9: Quasi allegretto
Variazioni e Toccata sopra Aurora lucis rutilat, Op.52 (1980)


Vocal/choral orchestral

Bomarzo Op. 32 (1964), a cantata described as “distinct from the
Cantata para América Mágica, for dramatic soprano and percussion
Cinco canciones populares argentinas Op. 10 (1943)  
Lamentaciones de Jeremias Propheta Op. 14 (1946)  
Las horas de una estancia ( Ocampo ) op. 11 (1943)  
Milena, Cantata no.3 for soprano and orchestra, Op.37 (1971)
opera” by the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music    
orchestra, Op. 27 (1960)        
Psalm 150 Op. 5 (1938)        
Turbae, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Op.43 (1975)  
Two songs, Dos canciones Op. 3 (1937)      


Duo for flute and oboe Op. 13 (1945)
Pampeana No. 1, for violin and piano Op. 16 (1947)
Pampeana No. 2, for cello and piano Op. 21 (1950)
String Quartet No. 2 Op. 26 (1958)
Piano Quintet Op. 29 (1963)
String Quartet No. 3 Op. 40 (1973)
Puneña No. 2, Op. 45 ‘Hommage à Paul Sacher’ for cello solo (1976)
Guitar Sonata, Op. 47 (1976)
Sonata for violoncello and piano, op. 49 (1979)
Excluding works by the author (without opus number)
Impresiones de la Puna – Flauta y cuerdas
“Amiro canta” – Canción
Sonatina para arpa
Canciones infantiles para piano
“La Cenicienta” – two pianos
“La moza de los ojos negros” – Soprano and piano
Argentine Concerto / Concierto Argentino, for piano and orchestra (1937)
Canciones y danzas argentinas para violín y piano
Sinfonia porteña
Sinfonia elegíaca
Incidental music for theater and film and some transcriptions
Art Songs of Latin-America, Patricia Caicedo, soprano & Pau Casan,
piano – Albert Moraleda Records, Barcelona, 2001 – Cinco canciones
populares argentinas by Ginastera & Canción al árbol del olvido

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