Leonardo Balada - Maria Sabina; Dionisio - In Memoriam
EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG | Covers | 1 CD | 275 MB | Filesonic
XX Century Classical | Released: 2008 | Label: Naxos
Born in Barcelona on 22 September 1933, the composer Leonardo Balada graduated from the Conservatorio del Liceu of that city and the Juilliard School in 1960. He studied composition with Vincent Persichetti, Aaron Copland and conducting with Igor Markevitch. Since 1970 he has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is University Professor of Composition.
Some of his best known works were written in a dramatic avant-garde style in the 1960s (Guernica, María Sabina, Steel Symphony). He is credited with pioneering a blending of ethnic music with later avant-garde techniques, creating a very personal style starting with Sinfonía en Negro – Homage to Martin Luther King (1968), and Homage to Casals and Sarasate (1975).