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Leonardo Balada (1933) is a Catalan born composer who came to New York City in 1956 and began teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in 1970, where I became acquainted with him. He studied composition with Vincent Persichetti, Aaron Copland and conducting with Igor Markevitch. He composes in a stylistic synthesis of a new level of surrealistic avant-garde. He is a postmodern composer that has clearly assimilated every possible trend or technique of the 20th Century and incorporated them into a vocabulary which is very specific and categorized as his own. His writing represents a true synthesis of styles that provides his works with a dynamic integrity. Balada’s collaboration with the prominent surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a profound influence on the formation of his style of composing. I will show how his compositional surrealistic approach works by using a style analysis. While attending Carnegie Mellon, I was fortunate to work with Maestro Balada during recording sessions of his clarinet compositions and this paper will focus on one of those clarinet works.
Art; Balada; Clarinet; Leonardo; Music; Surrealism
Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ivanov, Ivan, "Leonardo Balada and Surrealism in Music" (2018). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3267.
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