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(1899 - 1940)

Born on the last day of 1899, in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, a small town in the north of Mexico, as a child, Silvestre Revueltas showed great interest in music, his early artistic bent apparent by 1906. When his family moved to Mexico City, he studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and, with his notable aptitude for composition and conducting, completed his musical education with the greatest distinction at the Chicago College of Music. He studied the violin with José Rocabruna and composition with Rafael J. Tello.

In 1917 he moved to the United States to study at St Edward College in San Antonio, Texas, and later in Chicago, remaining there until 1924. With Carlos Chávez he organised the first concerts of contemporary music in Mexico in 1924 and 1925, events that had a great impact with music then completely unknown to audiences in the capital. After a rather long concert tour in Mexico and in the United States, he returned to his home country, where he remained from 1929 onwards. In 1929 Chávez offered him the position of assistant conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de México, which he held until 1936. Working together they were able to do much to promote Mexican music, offering a rich repertoire including works by the most outstanding and prominent names of the period. At the same time Revueltas began a very successful career as a prolific composer, activity which brought Cuauhnahuc (Cuernavaca) (1930), Esquinas (Corners) (1931), Ventanas (Windows) and Colorines (Coloured Beads) (1932), Janitzio (1933), Caminos (Roads) (1934), Homenaje a Federico Garca Lorca (Hommage to Federico Garca Lorca) (1936), Itinerarios (Routes) (1937) and Sensemay (1938). This series of works constitutes a vivid example of his extraordinary contribution to the form of the national Mexican symphonic poem, with compositions that show his originality and freshness of inspiration, together with his technical mastery.

He occupied various positions of importance in the musical life of Mexico and wrote music for films. It was the celebration of the success of La Noche de los Mayas that precipitated his final illness and death on 5 October 1940. On 15 December 1938 Revueltas himself conducted the Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in a programme that included Sensemay, inspired by the poem of the same name by the famous Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén, a work dealing with the negro ritual of the death of a snake. A work of marked rhythms, it strangely brings to mind at times the music of the American composer Aaron Copland.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BIZET / SEREBRIER: Carmen Symphony and other works Naxos
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
Latin American Classics Naxos
Orchestral Music - LEIF, S. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / NIELSEN, C. / SCHULHOFF, E. (Earquake) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
Orchestral Music - LEIFS, J. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / HANSON, H. (Earquake - The Loudest Classical Music of All Time) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
Orchestral Music - LUMBYE, H.C. / COPLAND, A. / HONEGGER, A. (Railroad Rhythms) (South West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra, Stárek) SWR Classic
Orchestral Music - REVUELTAS, S. / CHAVEZ, C. / HERRERA DE LA FUENTE, L. (Mexico National Symphony, Herrera de la Fuente) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
Orchestral Music (Latin American) - GUARNIERI, C. / GINASTERA, A. / REVUELTAS, S. / CARRENO, I. / PLAZA, J.B. (Caramelos Latinos) (Valdes) Dorian Sono Luminus
Orchestral Music (Mexico) - MONCAYO, J.P. / VÁZQUEZ, H. / CASTRO, R. / REVUELTAS, S. (Garibay, Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra, Rivero Weber) Naxos
REVUELTAS, S.: Coronela (La) / Caminos (Itinerarios) / Colorines (Santa Barbara Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Ben-Dor) Naxos
Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet
REVUELTAS, S.: Orchestral Music Naxos
REVUELTAS, S.: Redes (Film, 1935) (NTSC) Naxos
Classical Documentary
REVUELTAS, S.: Redes / ORBON, J.: Concerto grosso / GINASTERA, A.: Pampeana No. 3 (Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Simon Bolivar Symphony, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
REVUELTAS, S.: Sensemaya / Troka / Cuauhnahuac / 5 Songs / 4 Pequenos trozos (The Unknown Silvestre Revueltas) (Camerata de las Americas, Diemecke) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music
STILLA VITA NATTER - Serenad - Liten kvallsmusik (Tranquil White Nights - Serenade - Little Night Music) Naxos

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