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Antonio Ruiz-Pipó

 1934 - 1997Photo: Antonio Ruiz-Pipó (© archive)

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gifted pianist, composer and musicologist * saw himself in the tradition of Albéniz and de Falla * studied with, among others, Alicia de Larrocha, Alfred Cortot and Jean Françaix * recieved numerous awards in Spain and France * perfomed on many stages, and together with many artists of renown * worked for the national Radios of Spain, France and Canada * taught in Paris and Châteauroux * founder and artistic director of the Bonaguil festival * output as a composer grew stronger in his later years * wrote chamber music as well as for orchestra and for voice * had a predilection for piano and guitar * his neoclassical style is highly personal and shows a vein for his Spanish racins

Works by Antonio Ruiz-Pipó include:
Libro de Lejanía (1980) for orchestra
Diferencias (1982) for string quartet
Concerto for piano and wind instruments (1989)
Variations on a Catalan theme (1991) for piano


He possessed a clear mastery of instrumental writing as well as a clear sense of form. A unique kind of neoclassicism, stripped of glib resources, related to the late style of Manuel de Falla, whom he put up as an example of what the music of our time should be like. — Andrés Ruiz Tarazona

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