Obituary: Composer Luis de Pablo Passes at 91

By David Salazar
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Composer Luis De Pablo passed away on October 10 at the age of 91.

He was a Basque avant-garde composer, an important member of the well-known Vanguardia de la Música Española and the main exponent of what was called Generación del 51.

The Bilbao native created the first electroacoustic music laboratory in Spain and composed the first lyrical work with an IBM computer in 1966 at the Calculus Center of the University of Madrid. He also translating books on Schoenberg and Webern.

He represented Spain at the Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music in Prague and taught at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina before returning to Spain as a professor of Analysis of Contemporary Music. He was also a professor in Buffalo, Albany, New York, Canada, Germany, among others.

Some of his works include the operas “Kiu,” “La Señorita Cristina,” and “El Viajero Indiscreto.” He also wrote film scores, choral works, chamber music, and orchestral works.

Throughout his life he was awarded several accolades including the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts 1986, National Music Award 1991, Culture Award of the Community of Madrid 2001, Music Award of the Guerrero Foundation 2004, and Tomás Luis de Vitoria Award 2009.