Manuel Ponce


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(b Fresnillo, 1882; d Mexico City, 1948). Mexican composer. Lived in Paris 1925–33. Taught at Nat. Cons., Mexico City, 1909–15, 1917–22, becoming dir. 1934–5. Founded mus. journal, 1936–7, and was first Mexican composer to carry out research on Creole and Meztiso folklore, which, together with Fr. composers such as Dukas, influenced his mus. Wrote many works for guitar, incl. 24 Preludes, 5 sonatas, and Concierto del sur (1941), also 2 pf. concs., vn. conc., and over 100 songs and 100 pf. pieces.

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