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Leonardo Balada
1933 -
Spain
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L. Balada
Leonardo Balada (22/09/1933), a Spanish composer (born in Barcelona). He graduated from the “Conservatorio del Liceu” of that city and the Juilliard School in 1960. He studied composition with Vincent Persichetti, Aaron Copland and conducting with Igor Markevitch. Since 1970 he has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is University Professor of Composition. Some of his best known works were written in a dramatic avant-garde style in the sixties (Guernica, María Sabina, Steel Symphony). He is credited with pioneering a blending of ethnic music with those avant-garde techniques later on, creating a very personal style starting with Sinfonía en Negro-Homage to Martin Luther King (1968), and Homage to Casals and Sarasate 1975. Balada has received several international awards.
No-res, an agnostic requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1974
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Jan Paris
Duration:ca.40'
In memory of:the composer's mother
Label(s):Naxos 8.557343
No-res ("Nothing"), an agnostic requiem. Texts by the French writer Jan Paris (1921). It contains:
- Part I 26'51''
- Part II 13'11''