(b Durango, 31 Dec. 1899; d Mexico City, 5 Oct. 1940). Mexican composer. Although he studied in the USA, musical and personal experiences on tour in Mexico and Spain proved more influential on his own music, which is based on folk melody, tricked out in lavish instrumentation and powerful motor rhythms. The fiercely compressed Redes (‘Nets’) and Sensemayá (both 1938) are highly characteristic examples of his pungent orchestral idiom. The music for the film Noche de los mayas (1939) offers a more extended and varied introduction to a highly individual musical personality, whose significance is now being fully appreciated.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.