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Arturo Rodas.

Arturo Rodas (3 March 1954 in Quito) is an Ecuadorian-born French-citizen composer. He has composed works for orchestra, chamber music, vocal and electro-acoustic. He has also worked in collaboration with visual artists and filmmakers.

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Biography

Rodas studied at the National Conservatory in Quito, took private composition lessons with Gerardo Guevara, and also graduated in Law at the Universidad Central del Ecuador. Between 1978 and 1980 he was assistant to the French composer José Berghmans in Quito and Paris. Thanks to a scholarship from the French government he studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris from 1979-84. There he graduated in counterpoint (Ginette Keller's class) and composition with Yoshihisa Taira as his mentor.

In 1983 he attended in Aix-en-Provence a composition course with Luciano Berio and organised by the Centre Acanthes. He also studied electroacoustic music with Mesias Maiguashca (CERM in Metz) and with Phil Wachsmann in London. He has attended short courses at the IRCAM in Paris. In 1983, in Paris, as a finalist from the international contest for orchestral composition Max Deutsch, his work Entropia was played by L'Orchestre de L'Ille de France conducted by Alexandre Myrat.

He returned to Ecuador in 1984 where some of his orchestral works were performed by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alvaro Manzano. In Ecuador he became one of the three "notable composers of the following generations".[1] In 1989 he received financial support from the UNESCO to write music. "The Banco Central del Ecuador issued a two-disk recording of Rodas works in 1988 as volume one of the series Compositores ecuatorianos contemporáneos. Included are Fibris, along with Arcaica, Clímax, Andino III, iOh. ...!, Mordente, Espacios Invertidos".[2]

"Arturo Rodas championed a contemporary, universal musical style within his country. A number of his works from this period, such as his aleatoric orchestral piece Fibris (1986), were published in Opus, a music magazine that Rodas co-edited. Since emigrating to England in 1990, he has composed works such as The Book of the Orchestra (2002-2003) which is intended to be performed in a house with many rooms so as to allow an “audience” to hear different instrumental groups as they wander from room to room".[3] He has travelled back to Ecuador for concert and teaching activities. He has also worked as a music critic, editor and concert organiser. Rodas's works are published by Periferia Music (Barcelona) and Virtualscore (Paris).

Patterns: personal vision of his sources (Andino I-Andino IV, Laúdico); sound-mass polyphony (Entropía, Arcaica); aleatorism (Fibris, Ramificaciones Temporales); formal research (Obsesiva, La, Melodías de Cámara); and unavoidably the meeting point of patterns ("24.5 Preludios for piano", the "Atonal Fugues" and the opera "El Árbol de los Pájaros"). In that work the plot stems from the interaction music - architecture.


Audio: Piece of Cake Suite in 4 movements, for piano & cd. Pianist: Francis Yang

Works

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Writings

  • Rodas, Arturo. Análisis de la forma musical de Güilli Gu. Cultura magazine, Central Bank of Ecuador, vol IX no.26. Edited by Irving Iván Zapater, September/December 1986: pp 387-402.
  • Rodas, Arturo. La hora de Mesías Maiguashca, Opus Magazine No. 15, September 1987: pp 17-19.
  • Rodas, Arturo. Gerardo Guevara en la encrucijada musical, Opus Magazine No. 15, September 1987: pp 20-21. Re-printed from magazine Impulso 2000, November 1987.
  • Luis H. Salgado. Opus Magazine, No. 31 (monographic), edited by Arturo Rodas. Central Bank of Ecuador, January 1989.

Discography

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  • Béhague, Gerard. 2001. "Ecuador. Art Music". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers; New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music.
  • Campos, Jorge. 2008, note for Periferia Music, Barcelona.
  • Enciclopedia de la música ecuatoriana. Corporación Musicológica Ecuatoriana (CONMUSICA). Edited by Pablo Guerrero Gutierrez. Quito, 2003.
  • Walker, John L. 2001. "The Younger Generation of Ecuadorian Composers". Latin American Music Review 22, no. 2 (Fall/Winter): 199–213.
  • Walker, John L. 2007. "Singing in a Foreign Land: National Identity and Proximity in Ecuadorian Music". Paper presented at the 2007 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Montréal, Canada, September 5-7.

Notes

  1. ^ Béhague 2001, 7:872.
  2. ^ Walker 2001, 202.
  3. ^ Walker 2007.

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Simple English

Arturo Rodas (1954) is a leading Ecuadorian composer[1] who has lived in London since 1989.

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He has composed 24.5 Preludes for piano; Climax for orchestra, Atonal fugue I for oboe d'amore & piano and electronic music works.

"Since emigrating to England in 1990, he has composed works such as The Book of the Orchestra (2002-2003) [2], which is intended to be performed in a house with many rooms so as to allow an “audience” to hear different instrumental groups as they wander from room to room".[3]


Audio: Tutti frutti for piano & tape (fragment)

References

  • Béhague, Gerard. 2001. "Ecuador. Art Music". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers; New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music.
  • Enciclopedia de la música ecuatoriana. Corporación Musicológica Ecuatoriana (CONMUSICA). Edited by Pablo Guerrero Gutierrez. Quito, 2003.
  • Walker, John L. 2001. "The Younger Generation of Ecuadorian Composers". Latin American Music Review 22, no. 2 (Fall/Winter): 199–213.

Compositions

  • Arcaica for full orchestra
  • 24.5 Preludes for piano
  • Life Class 2005 for piano, electroacoustics & film [4]
  • El árbol de los pájaros (the birds tree) an opera for the voice ... of the instruments.

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Notes

  1. Béhague 2001, 7:872.
  2. work renamed El árbol de los pájaros
  3. Walker 2007.
  4. film made by Rupert Davies-Cooke


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