Monday, October 26, 2009

Arnulfo Miramontes (1882-1960)

Mexican composer. He was a student of Martin Krause, studying the piano, and Alexander von Fielitz, studying conducting in Berlin. He also studied in Guadalajara and Mexico City. After working in Europe he returned to Mexico where he was a piano teacher. He toured the United States in 1921, giving a performance at Columbia University. Later in 1922, he founded the state symphony orchestra in Aguascalientes to which he was the conductor until the late 1930’s. He retired from public life due to blindness, but he continued to compose. His music style is considered traditional, and contains complex linear counterpoint. He wrote three operas: Anahuac and Cihuatl which was based upon pre-Hispanic Mexico, and Juana de Asbaje which is based on the poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz from the eighteenth century.

1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    I´m a mexican pianist, student of the National School of Music of UNAM. I´m making my tesis about Miramontes and i want to know where did you get the information about his third opera "Juana de Asbaje". I know that he wrote a letter to Catalina d´Erzell in 1934 to ask her if she wanted to make the lyrics of this opera, but there are no evidence about the realization of this one. If you know something i´ll be glad with you.
    pd: please send me your answere to my e-mail: