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Alberto Ginastera

Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, born in 1916 in Buenos Aires, is widely regarded as one of the most original South American composers of the twentieth century.  He began his music studies at an early age and when he was twelve, entered the Williams Conservatory.  In 1945, after receiving a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Ginastera visited the United States.   Ginastera’s works include several music genres:  operas, ballets, orchestral works, concertos, cantatas, chamber works and music for theatre and film.  As a major representative of musical nationalism, he divided his works into three periods:  objective nationalism, subjective nationalism and Neo-expressionism.