Mario Lavista
Mario Lavista is a Mexican
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 and writer. He has had numerous pieces published, especially chamber music
Chamber music
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, but also incidental music
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 for plays, film scores, orchestra
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l pieces, and vocal music
Vocal music
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In 1982, he founded Pauta, one of the most important music journals in Latin America
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, and continues to serve as its chief editor. He has also published many essays, most of which are collected in Textos en torno a la musica. In 1987. he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his first (and only) opera Aura, based on the short story by Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes
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. Aura premiered in 1988 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes
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 in Mexico City

Lavista has taught at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City, University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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, Cornell University
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, the University of California
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 San Diego, Indiana University
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 and McGill University
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In 1978 he won the Diosa de Plata from the Asociación de Periodistas y Críticos de Cine, and in 1991 the Premio Nacional de Artes y Ciencias, by the Mexican government, and the Mozart Medal, by the Embassy of Austria.

Chamber Works

  • Antifonia, mixed quintet
  • Cante, guitar ensemble
  • Canto del Alba, flute solo
  • Cinco Danzas Breves, woodwind quintet
  • Cuaderno de Viaje, viola or violoncello solo
  • Danza de las Bailarinas de Degas, flute and keyboard
  • Diacronia, string quartet
  • Dialogos, violin and keyboard
  • Elegia (a la muerte de Nacho), flute and keyboard
  • Lacrymosa, chamber orchestra
  • Marsias, oboe and ensemble
  • Natarayah, guitar solo
  • Quotations, violoncello and keyboard
  • Reflejos de la Noche, string orchestra or string quartet
  • Responsorio in Memoriam Rodolfo Halffter, bassoon and ensemble
  • String Quartet No. 6
  • Tres Danzas Seculares, violoncello and keyboard

Orchestral Works

  • Clepsidra
  • Ficciones
  • Hacia el Comienzo, medium voice and ensemble
  • Lyhannh

Solo Keyboard

  • Mater Dolorosa, organ solo
  • Pieza Para un Pianista y un Piano, piano solo
  • Simurg, piano solo


  • AHARONIAN, Coriún (2000). An Approach to Compositional Trends in Latin America, International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST).
  • CORTEZ, Luis Jaime (1988). Mario Lavista, textos en torno a la música, CENIDIM, Mexico City; 171 pp.
  • ORELLANA, Joaquín (1977). "Hacia un lenguaje propio de Latinoamérica en música actual," Alero, Third period, No. 24 (Guatemala City, May-June 1977).

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