Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978

Alternative names
Birth 1899-06-13
Death 1978-08-02
English, German, Spanish; Castilian, French

Biographical notes:

Composed 1925. First performance by the Orchestre Straram, Paris, Jun 11, 1931, Nicolas Slonismky conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Energía / Carlos Chávez. [1925] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 45206586

Mexican composer.

From the description of Album leaf. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270919783


From the description of Autograph card signed : [n.p.], [ca. 1960]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270911554

Mexican composer and conductor.

From the description of Correspondence and scores belonging to Carlos Chavez, 1907-1979. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122576155

Carlos Chávez was born June 13, 1899, in Calzada de Tacube (near Mexico City). As a child he studied piano with Pedro Luis Ogazon, and harmony with Juan B. Fuentes and Manuel Ponce. He was already composing elaborate works in his teens. In 1922-23 he traveled in France, Austria, and Germany, and became acquainted with modern musical developments. He returned briefly to Mexico where he introduced works of contemporary composers, among them Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Varese. From 1926-28 he lived in New York City, returning in 1928 to create the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mexico. (In 1949 it was renamed Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.) From 1928-35 Chávez was the director of the Conservatorio Nacional de Música, and was general director of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes from 1946 to 1952.

Chávez published his Toward a New Music (New York: Norton, 1937). His second book, Musical Thought (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1961) was an outgrowth of his Charles Eliot Norton lectures, given at Harvard University in 1958-59.

Carlos Chávez died on August 2, 1978, in Mexico City.

From the guide to the Correspondence and scores belonging to Carlos Chavez, 1907-1979, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)


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