Sergio Barroso More from the press

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  • François Couture, AllMusic, September 1, 2001
    … a source of inspiration and reference for many composers.

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François Couture, AllMusic, September 1, 2001

Canadian composer Sergio Barroso first got a classical training in his native country, Cuba. Established in Canada he gained a respectable notoriety as a classical, computer music and electroaoustic composer in the 1980s.

Barroso was born in Havana, Cuba, March 4, 1946. He grew up there, studying piano, organ, conducting and composition at the Havana National Conservatory from 1950 to 1966. At age 20 he crossed the Atlantic to do his post-graduate studies in composition in the communist Czechoslovakia, at the Prague Superior Academy of Music. From this point on he continued to write orchestral music, but also became active in electroacoustic and computer music, specializing in sound synthesis.

His first album to make an impact was the 1989 New Music for Digital Keyboard, which became a source of inspiration and reference for many composers. In 1998 the label empreintes DIGITALes released a 2-CD retrospective of his electroacoustic works. His Latin-American roots often permeates the French-like abstraction of his sound constructions, giving them a lyricism rarely found in composers like Pierre Henry and Jonty Harrison.

… a source of inspiration and reference for many composers.

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