THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Daniel Amadeo Zimbaldo

(b. 1955, Rosario).

Spanish composer, born in Argentina, of mostly chamber, vocal and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout the world; he is also active as a music therapist.

Mr. Zimbaldo studied composition with Virtú Maragno at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario from 1973–79 and studied analysis, contemporary music and electronic music privately with Dante Grela in Rosario from 1974–78. He later had postgraduate studies in composition with Luis de Pablo at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid from 1981–84 and studied electronic music with Roger Cochini at the Groupe de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges in 1984–85. He later studied music therapy at the Universidad del País Vasco – Instituto Música, Arte y Proceso de Vitoria from 1995–98 and at the Fundación Rudolf Steiner de Madrid from 2000–03, where he earned his degree in Waldorf education.

Among his honours are three one-year grants from the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana in Madrid (1981–84), the Premio Cristóbal Halffter for music for organ in Ponferrada (1987, for Credo [El Libro de las Mutaciones... IV]), the Premio Speziale di Composizione de la SIAE in the competition Cinema – La Colonna Sonora in Trento (1988, for Omaggio a Luigi Dallapiccola), the Prix de Musique Électroacoustique à Programme in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (1996, for Cartas desde el Real Hospital de Lunáticos), and a residency at the Academia de España in Rome from the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (1999).

As a music therapist, he was a founding member of the Asociación de Profesionales de Musicoterapia in Vitoria in 1996, in which he remains active. He introduced the Somatron for vibroacoustic therapy to Spain in 1997 and founded the Aula de Musicoterapia at the Conservatorio de Música y Danza Montserrat Caballé in Arganda del Rey in 2006.

He is also active in other positions. He wrote the radio series Perfiles: La Música de Luigi Dallapiccola for Radio Nacional de España in Madrid in 1987 and the book Aproximación a la música de Luigi Dallapiccola (2011, Editorial Arpegio). He has served as a music advisor to Radio Televisión Española in Madrid since 1989. He served as coordinator and technical advisor for the CD Música electroacústica española (1997, Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España) and as technical advisor for the DVD Curso interactivo de música (2001, Editorial Salvat). Moreover, he has written several articles on health and music, including for the music journal 12 Notas in Madrid.

He taught music history at the Escuela Municipal de Música de Rosario from 1977–79, analysis at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in 1980, counterpoint at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Albacete in 1987–88, and counterpoint and fugue at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de la Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid from 1988–91, where he co-founded the Laboratorio de Música Electroacústica in 1991. He has taught children with learning disabilities part-time at music schools of the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid since 2003.

He has lived in Spain since 1981.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address: danemzv@yahoo.com

SELECT LIST OF WORKS

STAGE:

Don Gil de las calzas verdes (incidental music, play by Tirso de Molina, adapted by José Manuel Caballero Bonald), chorus of actors, synthesizers (1 player), 1994 (a concert suite was arranged as Suite de 'Don Gil', orchestra)

El Alquimista (incidental music, play by Paulo Coelho, adapted by Laura Suárez Almazor), flute, guitar, violin, percussion, 2011

ORCHESTRAL:

Las Tres Miradas del Alma (in memoriam Rudolf Steiner), large orchestra (95 players), 1988–2001

Suite de 'Don Gil', 1994–2008 (concert suite from Don Gil de las calzas verdes)

In Christo morimur, large orchestra (82 players), 2007–08

CHAMBER MUSIC:

La Incertidumbre del Silencio (El Libro de las Mutaciones... I), guitar, piano, 1982

Nocturne (El Libro de las Mutaciones... II), flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1984

Adeu Batman...Adeu (El Libro de las Mutaciones... III), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 1987, revised 2012

Las Sonrisas del Golem (El Libro de las Mutaciones... VI), flute, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, vibraphone, fixed media (2 tracks), 1991

Prophecy (El Libro de las Mutaciones... VIII), violin, fixed media (2 tracks), 1993

Les Gardiens d'An Nùba (El Libro de las Mutaciones... IX), flute, fixed media (2 tracks), 1999

Vacío y plenitud (El Libro de las Mutaciones... X), string quartet, 2007

El Cuaderno del Abuelo Manuel, clarinet, viola, piano, percussion, 2009 (version of work for piano)

Meditazione su 'Il Redentore benedicente' (El Libro de las Mutaciones... XII), clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, fixed media (2 tracks), 2010

'Y alguien dijo... "Yo soy"', flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, vibraphone ad libitum, 2010–14

CHORAL:

Missa brevis, mixed chorus, organ, percussion, string orchestra, 1995 (also version for mixed chorus, large orchestra [79 players], 1998)

Ecce homo (El Libro de las Mutaciones... XI) (text by Christian Morgenstern), mixed chorus, fixed media (2 tracks), 2010

VOCAL:

Cartas desde el Real Hospital de Lunáticos (text by Camilo José Cela), mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, fixed media (2 tracks), 1980–82

Variaciones para orquesta (text by Juan Ramón Jiménez), soprano, large orchestra (63 players), 1982–83

Cantos de la España ausente (texts from 16th-/17th-century melodies from Spain of Amerindian, Arab, Sephardic origins), soprano, flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, cello, piano, 1992 (also version [in memoriam Edward Said] for countertenor, large orchestra [68 players], 2012)

PIANO:

La Llave de Cristal (El Libro de las Mutaciones... V), piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 1988

Las Escaleras del Diablo (El Libro de las Mutaciones... VII), piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 1992

El Cuaderno del Abuelo Manuel, 2008 (also version for clarinet, viola, piano, percussion)

ORGAN:

Credo (El Libro de las Mutaciones... IV), 1987

ELECTROACOUSTIC:

Naturaleza muerta, fixed media (2 tracks), 1984

Estudio sobre una configuración fractal, fixed media (2 tracks), 1991–92

Voz maleva, fixed media (2 tracks), 1993

Sonata opus 10 (text by Aintzane García), fixed media (2 tracks), 1997–2004 (two sections may be performed separately: Le Cri étouffé, 1997; A palo seco, 2000)

FILM SCORE (DIRECTOR):

Omaggio a Luigi Dallapiccola, 1988 (Peter Braatz)

TV PRODUCTIONS (DIRECTOR):

Vietnam, el país del sur, 1989 (Jaime Larrain)

El Fin de los Tiempos, 1991 (Julio Sánchez Andrada)

Viaje al español, 1992 (Nel Escudero, Fernando Mateos, Julio Sánchez Andrada)

Espacios de La2, 1993 (Gabriel Laborie, Lisardo García, Pilar Larrea)

Xenophobia, 1994 (Sergio Vidal)

That's English!, 1995 (Fernando Mateos)

Ayer fue nuestro tiempo, 1996 (Nel Escudero)

Actual, 1997 (Nel Escudero)

Felipe II, 1999 (José Simo)

Seminci, 50 años de cine, 2005 (Enrique Monís)

DISCOGRAPHY

Omaggio a Luigi Dallapiccola. Maurizio Dini Ciacci/Orchestra Musica '900 (Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Trento Cinema – La Colonna Sonora/Dischi Ricordi: SMRL 6396, 1988)

Vietnam, el país del sur. Daniel Amadeo Zimbaldo, synthesizers (RTVE música: RNE 640022, 1989)

Naturaleza muerta. (Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid: CBA 011, 1990)

Las Escaleras del Diablo. Eva Alcázar, piano (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Serie Siglo XX Vol. XV, 1994)

Voz maleva. (Logos, Edizioni Discografiche de Latina: LED 96001, 1996)

Ayer fue nuestro tiempo. Daniel Amadeo Zimbaldo, synthesizers (RTVE música: RNE 064065, 1996)

Le Cri étouffé (excerpt). (Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España: Música electroacústica española, 1997)

Estudio sobre una configuración fractal. (Canadian Electroacoustic Community: CEC III, 1997)

Cartas desde el Real Hospital de Lunáticos. Gladys Cohen, mezzo-soprano; Tonino Battista/Logos Ensemble (Musique Media Mnemosyne/Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 060, 1997)

A palo seco. (Institut International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges/Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 1119, 2001)

Sonata opus 10. (Institut International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges/Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 1132, 2005)

Adeu Batman...Adeu (El Libro de las Mutaciones... III). Grupo Cosmos 21 (Several Records, 2015)