Floro Ugarte - Floro Ugarte

Floro Ugarte
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Personal information
Birth September 15 , 1884 View and modify data on Wikidata
Buenos Aires ( Argentina ) View and modify data on Wikidata
Death June 11 , 1975 View and modify data on Wikidata(90 years old)
Buenos Aires (Argentina) View and modify data on Wikidata
nationality Argentina
Spouse Rosa Bemant
Sons Federico, Alfredo, Irene, Rosa, Silvina
Professional information
Occupation Composer , pedagogue
Gender Opera and Symphonic Music View and modify data on Wikidata

Floro Meliton of the Sacred Heart Ugarte Rivero ( Buenos Aires , 15 of September of 1884 - † Buenos Aires , November to June of 1975 ), was a composer , teacher and theoretician Argentine . His music, close to the nationalist movement , is characterized by the use of very simple musical structures, extracting its characteristic melodies and rhythms from Argentine folklore.


Born in Buenos Aires on September 15, 1884, he began to study violin and harmony there. His older brother was the Argentine socialist writer, diplomat and politician Manuel Baldomero Ugarte (1875-1951). He continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris , where he attended classes in counterpoint , musical composition and instrumentation by Félix Fourdrain .

In 1913 he returned to Argentina . It is here when he begins his compositional career. He taught various subjects at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, center of which he later became director. In 1915, he founded the National Music Society ( today the Argentine Association of Composers ), was a professor at the Superior School of Fine Arts of the University of La Plata and was director of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires between 1937 and 1943. He died on 11 June 1975.

Of his musical production, the following stand out: Between the mountains (1922), De mi tierra (1923-1934), Rebelión del agua (1931) and Tango (1951), all of them for orchestra; Cinco preludes (1947) and De mi tierra (1923-1934), both for piano; symphonic poems such as Summer Landscapes , Chinese Courtship ; the Chinese of María de todos los Ángeles El Junco (1945); in addition to other works such as Children's scenes , Ballad of the wolf , The girl and the angel , Creole horse and his masterpiece, the opera Saika(1918). He also wrote the treatises Course of elemental harmony (1920), theoretical and practical in two volumes and Elements of acoustics (1930).

He musicalized poems by Estanislao del Campo , Belisario Roldán, Miguel A. Camino , Rafael Jijena Sánchez and Alfredo Bufano , among others.

Record Records

Floro Ugarte's complete piano work was recorded in 2015 by the Argentine pianist María Laura Del Pozzo . The CD contains the following works:

  • Chinese courtship Op. 2b (1913)
  • De mi tierra, 1ª series Op. 10b (1923)
  • Vidala Op. 26a (1948)
  • De mi tierra, 2ª series Op. 16b (1934)
  • Preludio and sol menor Op. 22a (1945)
  • Cinco preludios Op. 24 (1945)
  • Arrullo Op. 25 (1947)
  • Country Lament Op. 29 (1949)
  • Ronroncitos, five expressions of tenderness Op. 31 (1952)
  • Media noche tango de 1918, published under the pseudonym R. de Nembat