On April 20, 2011, Argentinean composer Antonio Tauriello died, one of the largest and most talented musicians in the second half of the twentieth century. His spirit has left an indelible mark on contemporary music in Argentina.

Studied piano with Gieseking and Spivak and composition with Alberto Ginastera. Along these two lines he developed remarkably, adding conducting in 1958, which has also brought him prominence. He has conducted in the Teatro Colón, has been assistant director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has conducted in New York and Washington. As a composer he fits into the Latin American avant-garde, yet he shows no dependence on any particular trend of 20th-century music. The alternation of highly controlled episodes and free improvisation is characteristic of his style. Among his works are Transparencies (1965); Serenata II (1967); Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1968); Ilinx (1968), for clarinet and orchestra; Mansión de Tlaloc (1970); and the opera Las Guerras Picrocholinas (1970), based on Rabelais’ Pantagruel.


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