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Daniel Catan (b4/03/1949)

Daniel Catán was born in Mexico City in 1949. He studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex, and Music at the University of Southampton in England. Subsequently he attended the University of Princeton, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory. His teachers were Milton Babbitt, James K. Randall and Benjamin Boretz.

The composition of Rappaccini’s Daughter took Daniel Catán to Japan, where he studied the music of the traditional Japanese arts, focusing especially on those that combine music and drama. Apart from his activities as a composer and teacher, Catán has had a fruitful career as a writer. He has published numerous articles on music and the arts in the most prominent literary journals of Mexico. His recently published book, Partitura inacabada, gathers various essays of music and related topics. Catán’s compositions include a Cantata for soprano, chorus and chamber orchestra, on a text from Saint John of the Cross, El árbol de la vida and En un doblez del tiempo, for symphony orchestra, Ausencia de flores, a ballet commissioned to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of José Clemente Orozco, Tierra final, for soprano and orchestra, with text by Jorge Ruiz Dueñas, Mariposa de obsidiana, for soprano, chorus and orchestra, and the two-act opera Rappaccini’s Daughter, both the last works with texts by Octavio Paz. Rappaccini’s Daughter was first performed at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City, on 25th April, 1991.

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