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Tello, Aurelio (b. October 7, 1951, Cerro de Pasco). Peruvian composer, now resident in Mexico, of mostly stage, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed in the Americas; he is also active as a musicologist.

Mr. Tello studied choral conducting with Guillermo Cárdenas, Manuel Cuadros Barr and Marco Dusi, composition with Celso Garrido-Lecca, Enrique Iturriaga and Edgar Valcárcel, musicology with César Bolaños and Fernando García, and piano with Luisa Negri at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Lima from 1968-77. There he earned the titles Profesor de Educación Musical in 1973 and Director de Coros in 1981 and attended a course with Mario Lavista in 1985. He later attended a seminar with Héber Vázquez at CENIDIM at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1999.

Among his honors are an honorable mention in the Concurso de Obras Polifónicas in Ibagué (Colombia, 1982, for Trifábula) and First Prize in the choral competition of the Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (1987, for Poema 9). He has also received the Premio de Investigación from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (1994), the Premio de Musicología Casa de las Américas in Cuba (1999, for Cancionero Musical de Gaspar Fernandes) and the Premio al Desempeño Académico en Investigación from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (1999). Most recently, he earned an honorable mention in the Robert Stevenson Prize for musicology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (2001) and received the Premio de Excelencia Académica from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (2001). In addition, he has received numerous grants to assist his musicological work.

As a musicologist, he has researched the ancient music of the Oaxaca region, about which he has written numerous articles and given numerous lectures. He is one of the foremost authorities on ancient Mexican music, which he has researched at CENIDIM since 1982. His books on the subject include volumes 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10 of the Tesoro de la Música Polifónica en México (1983-2001, CENIDIM), as well as El archivo musical de la catedral de Oaxaca (1990, CENIDIM) and Cancionero Musical de Gaspar Fernandes (2001, CENIDIM). His other books include 50 años de música en el Palacio de Bellas Artes (1985, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes), Salvador ContrerasVida y obra (1987, CENIDIM) and Música barroca del Perú, Siglos XVII-XVIII (1998, AFI Integra). He also wrote many articles for México en la Cultura, a supplement of the journal Siempre, from 1988-91 and for the publication Tiempo Libre from 1993-99 and has served on the board of editors of the journal Heterofonía since 1999. In addition, he contributed more than 100 articles to the Diccionario de la Música Española e Hispanoamericana (2000, SGAE).

Mr. Tello is also active in other positions. He co-founded the Taller de la Canción Popular at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Lima in 1974 and the Taller de Investigaciones Musicales there in 1975. He also founded the folk chorus Tuna Universitaria Nueva Amistad in 1973, which he conducted from 1973-81, and the Coro de Electroperú in 1975, which he conducted from 1975-80. He conducted the Coro de la Universidad Nacional Agraria in Lima from 1975-79, the Coro de la Escuela Nacional de Música from 1977-81, the Agrupación Coral Contrapunto in 1980-81, and the Coro de la Universidad Técnica del Callao in 1980-81. He has served as the guest conductor of the Coro de Madrigalistas de Bellas Artes de México since 1986 and as the principal conductor the early music chorus Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España since 1989, which he founded. In addition, he founded the chorus Cantorum, Camerata Vocale in 2000 and has since served as its conductor.

He taught as Profesor de Materias Teóricas at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Lima from 1976-78 and taught analysis, choral conducting, counterpoint, and music history there as chair of the department of choral conducting from 1978-82. He has taught music at the Centro Universitario de Teatro of the Universidad Nacional Autonómica de México since 1993 and gave courses and lectures at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico City in 1998-99.

He has lived in Mexico since 1982.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address: atello@prodigy.net.mx

Street address: Mr. Aurelio Tello, Escocia 29-109, Col. Parque San Andrés, Coyoacán, CP 04040, Mexico, D.F.

COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS

STAGE: La casita bonita (musical comedy, after Count Leon Tolstoy), soloists, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, string orchestra, 1977; El rey Pomposo (musical comedy, text by Sara Joffré), mixed chorus, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 trumpets, percussion, 1978; Asedio y liberación del ciego y la parturienta (incidental music, play by José B. Adolph), tape, 1979; Constante (incidental music, play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, direction by Miguel Ángel Rivera), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, 1990; Ciudad tan bella como cualquiera (musical spectacle, scenario by Adalberto Téllez Gutiérrez, texts by Nezahualcoyotl, Fernando de Alva, Susana Francis, José Antonio Bernal, Alfonso Sánchez Arteche, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Juan B. Garza), voice, piano, 1996; Romero solo (music for the spectacle Laberinto by León Felipe), 2 actor-speakers, violin, cello, 1996; Avalancha (incidental music, play by María Cristina Ribal), tape, 1996

ORCHESTRAL: Tres piezas para cuerdas, string orchestra, 1972 (version of string quartet work); Dansaq III, string orchestra, 1986; Otro elogio de Falami, string orchestra, 1991; Concierto para arpa y orquesta de cuerdas, 2002

CHAMBER MUSIC: Tres piezas para cuerdas, string quartet, 1972 (also version for string orchestra); Sicalipsis, flute, 1972; Música para violín, 1973; Movimiento ingenuo en forma de sonata, clarinet, piano, 1974; Meditaciones II, string quartet (with conductor), 1974; Sicalipsis II, flute, 1975; Dansaq IHomenaje a Manuel Enríquez, violin, 1984; Dansaq II, string quartet, 1985; Sonqoy, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1987 (also version for flute, alto flute, bass flute, violin, cello, piano, 1987); Jaray Arawi, flute, alto flute, bass flute, string quartet, 1988; Elogio de Falami, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 1991; Las premoniciones de Añada, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, 1993; Ichuq Parwanta, piano, marimba, 1998 (version of vocal work); Ronda de muquis, harp, string quartet, 2001

CHORAL: Epitafio para un guerrillero (text by Jesús López-Pacheco), bass, mixed speaking chorus, 4 percussion, 1974; Nekros (text by Nicomedes Santa Cruz), mixed speaking chorus, 1976; Trifábula (text by Arturo Corcuera), mixed chorus, 1982; Poema 9 (text by José Eduardo Eielson), mixed chorus, 1987; Drik Begí y todas las rondas para volar por encima del universo (text by César Toro Montalvo), mixed chorus, 1988; Pieza en forma de porra, mixed speaking chorus, 2002

VOCAL: Poema y oración de amor (texts by Carlos Germán Belli, Juan Gelman), mezzo-soprano, 2 percussion, 1974; Ichuq Parwanta (text from a Huayno source), 2 sopranos, flute, 1980 (also versions for mezzo-soprano, flute, piano, 1989; piano, marimba); Algunos poemas de Brindisi (text by Fernando Ruiz Granados), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1994 (also version for soprano, orchestra, 2003); Lugares paganos (text by José Luis Rivas), soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1997; Canción de cuna para despertar a un negrito (text by Nicolás Guillén), mezzo-soprano, piano, 2000; Lunas, soprano, mezzo-soprano, piano, 2002

PIANO: Toro torollay (Variaciones sobre un tema de la corrida de toros de Ayacucho), 1973; Meditaciones I, 2 pianos, 1974

ARRANGEMENT: Acuarelas infantiles (Carlos Sánchez Málaga), orchestra, 1978

DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)

Dansaq II. Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Fondo INBA-SACM, 1990) (LP)

Dansaq IHomenaje a Manuel Enríquez. Manuel Enríquez, violin (Fondo INBA-SACM: CD PCD 10121, 1992)

Dansaq II. Cuarteto Latinoamericano (New Albion: NA051, 1992)

Canción de cuna para despertar a un negrito. María Encarnación Vázquez, soprano; James Demster, piano (Conaculta/FONCA/Euram Records: CDEURE 092, 2000)

Ichuq Parwanta (third version). Antonio Espinal, piano; Gerardo Salazar, marimba (private)

DISCOGRAPHY (as conductor)

Antología de la música peruana siglo XX: Vocal-Coral. Coro de la Escuela Nacional de Música (Fundación Edubanco, 1979) (LP)

Manuel de Sumaya. Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España (Fondo INBA-SACM, 1990) (LP)

300 años de música colonial mexicana. Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España (Fondo INBA-SACM, 1993)

Antología del Barroco Musical Peruano. Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España (UPC: UPC001, 1998)

(Last updated on April 13, 2006)


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