Oakland , 14 January 2004
Composer and pianist
He studied piano with Conxita Badia and later at the Granados Academy. After a stay in New York, in 1924 he moved to Paris to study at the Schola Cantorum with Paul Braud and Ricard Viñes. Later on, he studied composition with Paul Dukas at the National Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1935. During the summers of 1930, 1932 and 1934 he studied with Manuel de Falla. In 1938 he moved to the United States, where he was a professor at Williams College (1940-1950) and the University of California, Berkeley (1950-1974). He extensive output shows an evident influence of popular music and models directly linked to his teachers. Among his output, Concert for piano and orchestra in C Major (1946) and the opera La Celestina (1965) are highly regarded. He published several research papers.