Ginastera, Alberto

Ginastera, Alberto

(älbār`tō hēnästā`rä), 1916–83, Argentinean composer, b. Buenos Aires. Ginastera is considered among the most prominent Latin American composers of the 20th cent. His early works used Latin American folk material; later compositions were less nationalistic and utilized serial techniques (see serial musicserial music,
the body of compositions whose fundamental syntactical reference is a particular ordering (called series or row) of the twelve pitch classes—C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B—that constitute the equal-tempered scale.
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). Among Ginastera's best-known works are the ballets Panambi (1940) and Estancia (1941); a piano sonata (1952); the Variations Concertantes for orchestra (1953); piano, violin, harp, and cello concertos; and the operas Don Rodrigo (1964), Bomarzo (1967), and Beatrix Cenci (1971). In 1970 he moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent the rest of his life.
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diss., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006); Malena Kuss, "Ginastera, Alberto," Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Personenteil, 2d ed., ed.