Anniversary of the Death of Composer Joaquín Turina

Posted by on January 14, 2017 in Special Announcements | 0 comments

Joaquin Turina was born on December 9,1882 in Seville, and died this date in 1949. According to Wikipedia, he studied in Seville as well as in Madrid. He lived in Paris from 1905 to 1914 where he took composition lessons and studied piano. While there he got to know the impressionist composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.

He returned to Madrid in 1914, working as a composer, teacher and critic. In 1931 he was made professor of composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatory. He died in Madrid. Among his notable pupils were Vicente Asencio and Celedonio Romero.

His works include the operas Margot (1914) and Jardín de oriente (1923), the Danzas fantásticas (1919, versions for piano and orchestra), La oración del torero (written first for a lute quartet, then string quartet, then string orchestra), chamber music, piano works, guitar pieces and songs. Much of his work shows the influence of traditional Andalusian music. He also wrote a short one-movement Rapsodia Sinfonica (1931) for piano and orchestra. His music often conveys a feeling of rapture or exaltation. His guitar works include Fandanguillo and Hommage à Tárrega, which were written for Andrés Segovia.

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