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date: 16 November 2019

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  • Robert Stevenson

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(b Cuerámaro, Guanajuato, Nov 10, 1910; d Mexico City, Nov 7, 1982). Mexican composer. He studied at the Mexico City Conservatory with Revueltas (violin), Huízar (theory) and Carlos Chávez (composition and conducting). In 1935 with Ayala, Galindo and Moncayo he formed the Grupo de Jóvenes Compositores, later called the Grupo de los Cuatro, dedicated to propagating new music, particularly their own. On 23 May 1941 his Piece for String Quartet (1936) was given its first performance at the 18th Festival for Contemporary Music, in a chamber concert at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. After 13 years in various other local orchestras he joined the National SO as a violinist (1946–55), and he was then (1955–8) conductor of the opera orchestra subsidized by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. He was appointed professor of violin, harmony teacher and orchestra director at the Mexico City Conservatory in ...

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