Rodolfo Halffter

Born in Madrid, Spain, into a family of musicians, Rodolfo Halffter was the brother of Ernesto Halffter and uncle of Cristóbal Halffter, also composers. His father Ernest Halffter Hein came from Königsberg, Germany. His mother was Rosario Escriche Erradón, a Catalan who taught the first music lessons to her children.

Rodolfo Hallfter was self-taught as a composer and in the 1930s took part in the intellectual environment of Madrid, particularly in the composers' society "Grupo de los Ocho" or "Grupo de Madrid". This group was influenced by Spanish musician Adolfo Salazar (1890-1958), who encouraged them to innovate and introduced them to the avant-garde music of the time, including the works of Debussy, Schoenberg, Ravel and Bartók. It was in this period that Halffter wrote the majority of his most important works, and at the same time he worked as a music critic in La Voz as well as in the propaganda ministry of the Republican government (as compared to his brother Ernesto, who supported Franco). Because of this relationship, he went into exile in Mexico at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

In Mexico he taught in the National Conservatory and was director of Ediciones Mexicanas de Música. He never quit composing and always kept the influence of the "Grupo de los Ocho". His works tend to develop in a free polytonality with a classicism in a Scarlatti style. It is believed that Rodolfo Halffter brought serialism to Mexico.

Halffter returned to Spain on many occasions after 1963, teaching in Granada and Santiago de Compostela and taking part in music festivals.

He was awarded Spain's highest award for composition, the Premio Nacional de Música, in 1986.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1932 Obertura Concertante for piano and orchestra 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid cond. José Ramón Encina
1940

La madrugada del panadera (The Baker's Dawn) Opus 12a

Comments:
Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid cond. José Ramón Encina
1953 Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid cond. José Ramón Encina
1947 Sonata para piano No 1 Opus 16 4.00 stars CD
Symphony No 3 Comments:
Maria Elena Barrientos - Piano
1940 Pastorale, Opus 18 4.00 stars CD
Symphony No 3 Comments:
Victor Arriola - Violin
Francisco José Segovia - Piano
1951 Sonata para piano No 2 Opus 20 4.00 stars CD
Symphony No 3 Comments:
Maria Elena Barrientos - Piano
1952 Obertura festiva 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid cond. José Ramón Encina
1967 Sonata para piano No 3 Opus 30 4.00 stars CD
Symphony No 3 Comments:
Maria Elena Barrientos - Piano
1981 Huésped de las nieblas (Rimas sin palabras), Opus 44 4.00 stars CD
Symphony No 3 Comments:
Cinta Varea - Flute
Francisco José Segovia - Piano
1937 Égloga, Opus 67 4.00 stars CD
Symphony No 3 Comments:
Vincente Fernandez - Oboe
Francisco José Segovia - Piano
1983 Paquilitzli 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid cond. José Ramón Encina