Monday, October 26, 2009

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940)

Mexican composer and violinist. He began his violin studies at the age of eight and at the age of twelve enrolled in the Juarez Institute. He studied composition under Tello and violin under Rocabruna in Mexico City, and also spent time in Texas as well as Chicago and Alabama. He went back to Mexico City in 1929 to take the post of assistant conductor of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra which he did until 1935. From 1931-34 he composed six distinguished pieces for the orchestra. At the same time he taught violin and chamber music at the conservatory. His work had melodies of folksong with instrumentation. His melodies had dissonant counterpoint and are always melodious and in a repetitive manner. He died at an early age due to the effects of alcoholism.

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