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date: 17 August 2019

Barradas [Pérez-Barradas], (María del) Carmenlocked

  • Susana Salgado

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(b Montevideo, March 18, 1888; d Montevideo, May 12, 1963). Uruguayan composer and pianist. She began composing in her childhood and studied with Antonio Franck. Later she entered the Conservatorio Musical La Lira to study with Aurora, Vicente Pablo and Martín López. In 1914 she settled in Spain and began to develop a new and revolutionary system of musical notation, based on graphic designs similar to those that came into use 50 years later, shocking Spanish and French musicians and critics. Using that system she composed Fabricación (1922), a piano work that reproduced the sound of a factory working full blast. This work, Aserradero, along with Taller mecánico, which she performed in Madrid and Barcelona, established her as a pioneer of modern music, giving her immediate success in Spain and France, where music and art critics, such as André Clavier in Paris and Adolfo Salazar and Eugenio d’Ors in Madrid, praised her works. All her scores have covers featuring the drawings of her brother, the painter Rafael Barradas. In about ...

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