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date: 22 August 2019

Anaya (Arze), Franklinlocked

  • Agustín Fernández


(b Cochabamba, Sept 23, 1912; d Cochabamba, Feb 15, 1998). Bolivian pedagogue, composer and architect. After fighting in the Chaco War he studied music and architecture in Chile (1936–42); thereafter, apart from a study trip to Madrid in 1959, he remained in his native Cochabamba. The Coro de los Valles, which he founded in 1954, was for several decades the mainstay of the city’s musical life. Wayra, Anaya’s most renowned composition, was originally written for this choir and subsequently arranged for various instrumental combinations.

Notwithstanding his prolific career as an architect – he served as dean of the faculty of architecture at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón de Cochabamba and designed university campuses in Cochabamba and Oruro – Anaya has earned national recognition mainly on the strength of his educational work. In 1961 he founded the Instituto Laredo, a school for gifted children, with the goal of promoting happiness through an ‘integral education’; this is characterized by a particular emphasis on music, based on the principle that, of all disciplines, music cultivates the widest range of human faculties. Witness to the integrity of Anaya’s ideas is the unusually high number of his pupils that have gone on to positions of leadership, both within and outside the arts....

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