Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. Here at KBACH, we’ll be highlighting the contributions of Hispanic and Latin American composers and performers throughout the month-long celebration. Here are several of the composers you'll get to know ...
Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 - 1611) was the most important 16th century Spanish composer. He was an important part of the Counter-Reformation. His late Renaissance sacred choral music is often considered the best of its time. Officium Defunctorum is perhaps his best and most famous work.
Leo Brouwer (born 1939) is a Cuban composer, conductor, and classical guitarist. He's written music for the concert hall (Cuban Landscape With Rain) and the movie theater (Like Water For Chocolate).
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999), a Spanish composer and virtuoso pianist, never quite mastered the guitar, despite writing some of the 20th century's most important works for guitar, including Concierto Aranjuez and Fantasy for a Gentleman.
Alberto Ginastera (1916 - 1983) was an Argentinian composer. He studied with Aaron Copland and taught Astor Piazzolla. Check out his Cinco canciones populares argentinas.
Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909) was among the most important of post-Romantic Era composers. He was a virtuoso pianist but you'll often hear his music played on guitar. Arguably his most important work is his Suite española.
Antonio Lauro (1917 - 1986) was a Venezuelan composer who wrote some of the 20th century's best music for guitar. If you enjoy a good waltz, listen to his Valses venezolanos.
Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) was born in Argentina but soon moved to Greenwich Village with his family. Later, he returned to Argentina to study classical composition. His Four Seasons of Buenos Aires is a modern masterpiece.
Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916) wrote the always popular 12 Spanish Dances. As with other Hispanic and Latin American composers, his works for solo piano are often performed on guitar.
Manuel Ponce (1882 - 1948) was a Mexican composer and scholar of traditional Mexican music and folklore. Start with his Scherzino Mexicano. Originally written for solo piano, it's most often performed with guitar.
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1959) was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, and classical guitarist. He remains one of South America's best-known composers. His Bachianas Brasileiras have always been popular.
Silvestre Revueltas (1899 - 1940) studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City and at the Chicago College of Music. His Sensemayá, based on the poem by Nicolás Guillén, is a fascinating, hypnotic work.