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Cristóbal Halffter

(b. 1930)


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(b Madrid, 1930).

Sp. composer and conductor. Nephew of Ernesto and Rodolfo Halffter. Worked for Sp. radio. Teacher of comp. and theory, Madrid Cons. 1961–6 (dir. 1964–6), lect. at Univ. of Navarra 1970–8. Art. dir. EMS, Freiburg, 1979. Works incl.:

opera:

Don Quichotte

(1970).

orch.:

Microforms

5 (1960); sym. for 3 groups of instrs. (1963);

Sequences

(1965);

Anillos

(1967–8);

Fibonaciana

, fl., str. (1969);

Requiem por la Libertad Imaginada

(1971); vc. conc. (1974);

Elegies for death of 3 Spanish poets

(1974–5);

Pourquoi

, 12 str. (1974–5); vn. conc. (1979); vc. conc. No.1 (1979), No.2 (1985);

Tiento

(1980);

Fantasia on a Theme of Handel

, str. (1981);

Sinfonia ricercata

, org., orch. (1982); fl. conc. (1982);

Versus

(1983); conc., vn., va., orch. (1984);

Paraphrase on Handel Theme

(1984);

Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial

(1986);

Dortmund Variations

(1986–7); pf. conc. (1987–8);

Prelude to Nemesis

(1988–9);

Conc. for Four

, sax. qt., orch. (1989–90); vn. conc., str. (1990–1);

Daliniana

, chamber orch. (1993–4);

Odradek – Homage to Kafka

(1996);

Divertimento: Haldbéniz

(2000).

choral:

Yes Speak Out Yes

, UNO cantata, sop., bar., ch., orch. (1968);

In exspectatione resurrectionis Domini

, bar., male ch., orch. (1965);

Symposion

, bar., ch., orch. (1968);

In memoriam Anaick

, reciter, ch., orch. (1967);

Jarchas de dolor de Ausencia

, 12 vv. (1979);

Dona nobis pacem

, mixed ch., ens. (1984);

Prelude for Madrid ' 92

, ch., orch. (1991);

Veni creator spiritus

, ch., ens. (1992);

De verborum et speculorum ludis

, ch., perc., elec. pf., org. (1999–2000).

chamber music:

Codex

, gui (1963); str. qt. No.1 (1955), No.2 (1970), No.3 (1978);

Variations on the Theme ‘Sacher’

, vc. (1975);

Fandango

, 8 vc. (1988–9);

Fractal

, sax. qt. (1991);

Le Sommeil

, chamber orch. (1994);

Tinguely Fanfare

, brass ens. (1996);

Solo

, vc. (2000).

Subjects: Music.


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