Luis De Pablo

Spanish Composer, Musicologist and Editor (b.1930, Bilbao)

Luis de Pablo is best known for having helped young Spanish composers to create work and act on the global stage. He has composed, organised concerts and spoken across Spain.

Luis de Pablo started learning music at a very young age, focusing on singing. He graduated with a degree in law from The Complutense University of Madrid in 1952 but continued to have a passion for music. He was particularly fascinated by modern music. While a lawyer, he studied 20th century scores and taught himself composition. He stopped working as a lawyer in the late fifties and founded the Nueva Música group with Ramón Barcé, in 1958. Cristóbal Halffte also became involved. At the beginning of the 60s he moved to Darmstadt where he met Bruno Maderna, Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He then went to Paris to study with Max Deutsch

Luis de Pablo had an eclectic range of influences; Iranian music, Japanese Noh, and even Melanesian flute music shaped his compositions, he also paid homage to Tomás Luis de Victoria, Claude Debussy, Beethoven, Schönberg and Mompou in his work. Luis de Pablo became an important figure in modern music, he promoted it by speaking at conferences, he also translated a biography of Schönberg written by Stuckenschmidt, and the major writings of Webern. He founded the "Tiempo y Música" concert in 1959 and a youth music scheme, which ran from 1960 to 1963. In 1965 he created the first Spanish electroacoustic studio, Alea

Luis de Pablo's compositions and work with music enabled him to leave Spain, which he considered to be “culturally isolated” as a result of the Franco regime. He was however accused of both being too left wing by Francoists and of being a supporter of the regime by the ETA (the Basque separatist group). He was therefore forced to go into political exile in the United States and Canada before returning to Spain in 1975, after the death of Franco.  

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Luis de Pablo 

1959 : Created the Tiempo y Musica concerts
1965 : Created Alea the first Spanish electroacoustic studio
1972 : Organized the Pamplona Encounters, a festival of music, theatre, cinema and art, as part of his mission to protect and encourage the growth of new art in Spain
1996 : Was Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The Complutense Univerisity of Madrid
2006 : Received the Guerrero Prize
2009 : Received the Tomás Luis de Victori Award 

Five Key Works by Luis de Pablo 

1963 : Playa insólita
1968 : Protocolo
1978-1979 : Concerto for Piano et Orchestra n° 1
1985-1986 : Tarde de poetas, cycle for  Doprano, Baritone, Mixed Choir and Ensemble
1992 : La Madre invita a comer, Opera in five acts