Indiana University

César Franchisena

Composer and cellist born in General Pinedo, Argentina on September 3, 1923, he died in Córdoba, Argentina on January 1, 1992. He began his musical instruction as a cellist in his home town. In 1943 he moved to Córdoba to study composition with orchestra conductor Teodoro Fuchs.  In 1957 he was appointed composition professor at the Universidad Nacional, a position he held until his death. He organized concerts of new music, sometimes participating as a pianist, and founded the Córdoba chapter of the Agrupación Nueva Música of Buenos Aires, a group of musicians and composers dedicated to the study and promotion of international contemporary music. In spite of the lack of dissemination of his music because of the lack of published editions and recordings, he was of great influence among the music community in Córdoba. His early works are typically bitonal and polytonal.  Works from a subsequent compositional period employ twelve-tone technique, and later he turned to serial compositional techniques that included prepared piano and extended instrumental techniques.  Around 1960 he began to experiment with electronic music composition, which led to his first fully electronic composition Tres momentos mágicos, from 1974, realized in the studio of the Centro Cultural General San Martín of Buenos Aires.  He also worked with unorthodox graphic notation as a new way of conceptualizing time and space.