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Carlos Chávez received formal training as a pianist, but was largely self-taught as a composer. His formative years coincided with a time of intense nationalism in Mexico brought about by the end of the Mexican revolution. His investigation into Indian cultures, native folk music and dance forms were of significant influence in his music, which was characterised by a highly distinctive use of crossrhythms, syncopation, irregular meter and colourful orchestration. Chávez was also a distinguished teacher and had an active conducting career, working in the course of his career with nearly every major symphony orchestra in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

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Role: Classical Composer 
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ANTHEIL, G.: Ballet mecanique / LOPRESTI, R.: Sketch for Percussion / CHAVEZ, C.: Toccata / HOVHANESS, A.: October Mountain (Craft, Price) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
Chamber Music
CHAVEZ, C.: Piano Concerto / Meditacion / MONCAYO, J.P.: Muros verdes / ZYMAN, S.: Variations on an Original Theme (Osorio) Cedille
Concertos, Instrumental
CHAVEZ, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4 (New York Stadium Symphony, Chavez) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
CHÁVEZ, C.: Toccata for Percussion / Symphony No. 5 (MGM Percussion Ensemble and MGM String Orchestra, I. Solomon) (1953, 1956) Naxos Classical Archives
Orchestral, Chamber Music
CHAVEZ, C.: Xochipilli / La hija de Colquide Suite / Tambuco / Energia / Toccata (La Camerata, Tambuco, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Latin American Classics Naxos
ORBON, J.: 3 Versiones sinfonicas / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Bachianas brasileiras No. 2 / ESTEVEZ, A.: Mediodia en el Llano (Simon Bolivar Symphony, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
Orchestral Music - REVUELTAS, S. / CHAVEZ, C. / HERRERA DE LA FUENTE, L. (Mexico National Symphony, Herrera de la Fuente) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
Orchestral Music - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / CHAVEZ, C. / GINASTERA, A. (Latin American Ballets) (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
Piano Recital: Corona, Claudia - ZYMAN, S. / RUIZ ARMENGOL, M. / CHAVEZ, C. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GINASTERA, A. (Musica Latinoamericana) Naxos

Role: Conductor 
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