(b. 29 April 1938, Caracas – d. 27 June 2015, Caracas).
Venezuelan composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout the world.
Mr. Del Mónaco studied composition with Primo Casale and piano with Moisés Moleiro in Venezuela. He also earned a degree in law from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas in 1961. He later studied electronic music with Mario Davidovsky and Vladimir Ussachevsky at Columbia University, where he received his DMA in 1974.
Among his honours were the Premio Nacional de Música in the vocal category José Ángel Montero from the government of Venezuela (1968, for La Noche de las alegorías), the Premio Nacional de Música from the government of Venezuela (1999) and the Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria from SGAE (2002, for his uvre). His music has been performed twice at the Interamerican Music Festival in Washington, D. C. (1974, 1980) and three times at the ISCM World Music Days (1976, Boston, Massachusetts; 1993, Mexico City; 1995, Germany).
He was also active in other positions. He began research into electronic music at the Estudio de Fonología Musical in Caracas in 1966 and worked at the Computer Music Center of Columbia University from 1969–75. He founded the section in Venezuela of ISCM in 1968 and was a founding member of the Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte in 2000.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Dos Fugas académicas, string orchestra, 1964
Cromofonías II, 1968
Túpac Amaru, large orchestra, 1977
Tientos de la noche imaginada, guitar, orchestra, 1990–91
Sonata, string quartet, 1965
Alternancias, piano, string quartet, fixed media, 1971
Dualismos, flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, fixed media, 1971
Syntagma (A), trombone, fixed media, 1971–72
Syntagma (B), trombone, 1972
Solentiname, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 3 percussion, 1972–73
Encuentros del eco, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 1976
Chants, flute, 1988
Tientos del véspero, guitar, 1991
Lyrika, oboe, fixed media ad libitum, 1992
Visiones del caminante (I–VI), 2 guitars, 1995 (its six sections may be performed separately)
Aforismos, bass flute, guitar, 1998
La Noche de las alegorías (phonogram, text by José María Eguren), 8 mixed voices, 1968
Cuarteto para voces, 4 mixed speakers, 1978
Cantos de la noche alta (text by Ángel Palacios), female voice, orchestra, 1992
Cromofonías I, fixed media, 1966–67
Estudio electrónico I, fixed media, 1968
Estudio electrónico II, fixed media, 1970
Metagrama, fixed media, 1970
Tres Ambientes coreográficos para Sonia Sanoja, fixed media, 1970
Trópicos (música-testimonio), fixed media, 1972
Synus 17/251271, fixed media, 1972
Estudio electrónico III, fixed media, 1974