He first studied chemical engineering, but won a provincial government scholarship that enabled him to study music in Buenos Aires, where he entered the National Conservatory in as a student of the composer Athos Palma, professor of harmony. He studied further in Europe in the years after the war. His compositions include songs, song-cycles and piano pieces. Notable among his orchestral works are the ballet Once Upon A Time , written in , and the Suite Argentina , while his chamber music includes a violin sonata, written in In style he relies heavily on Argentinian traditional dance rhythms and melodies, writing in an idiom that clearly proclaims its national origins.
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Composer or Director: Carlos Guastavino. The earliest works here — Gato , a lively, syncopated dance, and the more melancholy Bailecito , both from — establish a Nationalist mood that Guastavino sustained over the course of his career. True, the writing is noticeably pared down and refined — he seems to say more with fewer notes — but his folksy tunefulness remains as charming as ever.
That Guastavino was a miniaturist is unarguable. Even his lone Sonata is constructed in four rather slender, songful movements — though with its cyclical structure, it holds together rather well.
The three preludes that make up La siesta , for example, are fragrantly atmospheric and full of exquisite harmonic detail. Throughout, Martin Jones shows just how magical this music can be. The faster, rhythmically active pieces are dashed off with smiling exuberance whereas the more lyrical ones are given a tastefully affectionate caress.
Certainly his style is less angular and aggressive than that of his more famous contemporary, Alberto Ginastera. Follow us. Martin Jones Carlos Guastavino Composer. Carlos Guastavino Composer Martin Jones.
Carlos Guastavino 5 April — 28 October  was one of the foremost Argentine composers of the 20th century. His production amounted to over works, most of them songs for piano and voice, many still unpublished. His style was quite conservative, always tonal and lusciously romantic. His compositions were clearly influenced by Argentine folk music. His reputation was based almost entirely on his songs, and Guastavino has sometimes been called "the Schubert of the Pampas". Unlike most other composers, at any time or place, Guastavino earned enough from his royalties and performing rights that he really had little need for other income.
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