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Silvestre Revueltas

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Silvestre Revueltas (December 21, 1899 - October 5, 1940) was a Mexican composer of classical music, violinist and conductor. His rhythmic and sometimes dissonant style draws from Mexican folk music, considered by some to be a ‘Mexican Béla Bartók’.

He was born in Santiago Papasquiaro in Durango, and studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City, St Edward College in Austin, Texas and the Chicago College of Music. He gave violin recitals and in 1929 was invited by Carlos Chávez to become assistant conductor of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, a post he held until 1935. He and Chávez did much to promote contemporary Mexican music. It was around this time that Revueltas began to compose in earnest.

He was part of a family of artists of whom were also famous and recognized in Mexico his brother Jose Revueltas as a writer; Fermin, as a painter, and her sister Rosaura as an actress and dancer.

He went to Spain and worked for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, but upon Francisco Franco’s victory, returned to Mexico to teach. He earned little, and fell into poverty and alcoholism. He died in Mexico City on the day his ballet El renacuajo paseador, written seven years earlier, was premiered.

He wrote film music, chamber music, songs and a number of other works. Among his orchestral music are a number of symphonic poems with Sensemayá: Chant for the Killing of a Snake (1938), based on a poem by Nicolás Guillén, the most famous. His musical language is tonal but often dissonant, rhythmically vital, and frequently has a distinctly Mexican flavour.

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  • shinobi001

    Great composer! My favorites are "Homenaje a Federico García Lorca" and "Sensemaya."

    27 Jan 12:35am Reply
  • Sadomaquinista

    HAY JOSE, COMO EXTRAÑAMOS TUS REVUELTAS... la familia revueltas, prolifica y representativa... genial encontrar este material.

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Cesar_Alberto

    oHh sí! Julián Carrillo y su sonido 13, nada en el mundo suena igual!

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Cesar_Alberto

    Es tal vez mi compositor mexicano preferido; disfruto muchísimo el homenaje a García Lorca

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • RODIONSINVKY

    Ahora compruebo capacidad d lastf, encontrar a Silvestre Revueltas, es grandioso, lo malo es que tiene muy poco de música de el, pero creo que es un gran omenaje para un hombre como otros tanto que se pierden un poco en el olvido, larga vida a los Revueltas. SAULSINVKY

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • franciscomacca

    Este hombre es grande, caray.

    18 Nov 2008 Reply
  • franciscomacca

    De lo bueno poco

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
  • franciscomacca

    El más grande de nuestros compositores

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
  • robotkarel

    soy el principal oyente!

    19 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Aeroaviones

    Homenaje a Federico García Lorca es una gran obra.

    21 Feb 2008 Reply

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