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date: 25 August 2019

Bor, Modestalocked

  • Carmen Helena Téllez


(b Juangriego, 1926; d Mérida, April 7, 1998). Venezuelan composer. She studied composition in Caracas with Vicente Emilio Sojo, graduating from the Conservatorio José Angel Lamas in Caracas (1959). She studied with Khachaturian at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow (1960–62). On her return she began a career in composing and teaching. She was musicologist for the Servicio de Investigaciones Folklóricas Nacionales (1963–4), director of children's choirs at the Juan Manuel Olivares Conservatorio (from 1965), director of cultural activities at the Central University of Venezuela (1974–90), then taught at the Centro Universitario de Artes, Mérida, until her death. She won five national composition prizes and the National Music Prize in 1991.

Bor's early works employed elements from Venezuelan folklore, with considerable attention to counterpoint, as part of the post-Impressionist language advocated by the school of Caracas. After 1962 she gradually adopted several modernist techniques, even atonal serialism, while retaining Venezuelan elements in an abstract form. A warm and unassuming aspect of her style is reflected in her many choral compositions and arrangements, now extremely influential in the development of choral singing in Venezuela, particular children's choirs....

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