Antón García Abril was born in Teruel (Spain) in 1933. A prolific composer, his work embraces the majority of musical forms: opera, cantatas, concertos (violin, piano, guitar...), and chamber music. His most distinguished composition have been his series of songs about the most prestigious Spanish poets. He has taken part in numerous music festivals, both in Spain and abroad. Since 1974 he has been Professor of Composition and Musical Forms at the Madrid Royal Music School. In March 1982 he was elected to the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts of Madrid, in May 1995 to the San Luis Academy of Nobel and Fine Arts of Zaragoza, and in November 1997 to the Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada. He has obtained a great many national and international decorations and awards, including The Award for Siena International Composition Competition, The Association of Writes and Artists Award, The Award for Services to Education and Culture, The Award for the IV Week of Religious Music of Cuenca, The National Award for Theatre, The National Award for Pedagogy and Musical Investigation, The Andrés Segovia Award, The title of "Freedom to the city" of his birthplace, Teruel, The Medal for Cultural Merit, the Saint George Medal, The 1993 National Award for Music, The 1993 Guerrero Foundation Award for Spanish Music, The 1997 Symphonic Music Award granted by S.G.A.E. and A.I.E., The 1997 Gold Medal to the "Man of the Year" granted by popular vote in Zaragoza, The IX Nacional Prize "Cultura Viva", and The 1998 Fine arts gold Medal. On October 18 2000, his opera "Divinas Palabras", upon a work by Ramón María del Valle Inclán, was premiered in the Teatro Real of Madrid.
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The death of Catalan composer Federico Mompou in 1987 inspired an outpouring of musical tributes from numerous Spanish composers. Antón García Abril's Homenaje a Mompou was written for the Trío Mompou de Madrid. The single-movement work captures both the lyrical introspection typical of the honoree, as well as his beloved quartal harmonies. Homenaje a Mompou unfolds in a rondo form, in which sections based on a descending two-note sigh first played by the violin alternate with more lively,dance-like outbursts. In its juxtaposition of songful and rhythmic elements, the work recalls the style of Mompou's popular Canciones y danzas.

updated: 8/11/2011