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Antón García Abril

  • Antón García Abril © Jesús Domínguez / EL MUNDO

    Antón García Abril © Jesús Domínguez / EL MUNDO






Date of birth


Date of death

Mar 17, 2021

"Composer of over one hundred creations, including symphonic works, ballets, soundtracks for television series and movies, chamber music and opera."

Born in Teruel in 1933, he was initiated into the world of music by his father. He studied in Valencia, Madrid, Siena and Rome. He was a member of the group “Nueva Música” (New Music), of which Cristóbal Halffter, Luis de Pablo and Luis Moreno Buendía, among others, are also members. He investigates new trends in musical expression. From 1974 to 2003 he taught composition and musical forms as a professor of the Advanced Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid. At the request of the Ministry of Culture, he collaborated on a work for the grand opening of the National Auditorium in 1988 along with poet Rafael Alberti. He was selected as a member of the Royal Academy of the Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. He composed the official hymn of the Community of Aragón. Since 2010 he has presided the Antón García Abril Foundation. He died in Madrid in 2021.


National Music Award 1993
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts 1998
Tomás Luis de Vitoria Ibero-American Music Award 2006
Madrid Region Culture Award (2006)
Andrés Segovia Award
Guerrero Foundation Award
Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Film (2014)

Essential works

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    Divinas palabras

    The idea for this opera emerged from the 50th anniversary of the death of the playwright Ramón María del Valle-Inclán. The composer Antón García was asked to write it, based on Valle-Inclán's tragicomedy with the same name.

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  • The Cuenca Crime © EFE

    The Cuenca Crime (music)

    The film is a harsh depiction of real events that took place in 1913, in the province of Cuenca, when two men were condemned for a crime they did not commit. 

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  • The Holy Innocents © EFE

    The Holy Innocents (music)

    Brilliant film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Miguel Delibes. Its male stars won an award at Cannes. 

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Other highlighted works

  • Sonata de Siena (Sonata of Siena)
  • Dos Canciones de Juventud (Two Youthful Songs)
  • Memorandum (Memory)
  • Homage to Miguel Hernández
  • Divinas Palabras (Divine Words)
  • Rubaiyyat
  • Original Soundtrack Franco: ese hombre (Franco, that man)
  • Original Soundtrack Texas, Adiós (Goodbye Texas)
  • Original Soundtrack Sor Citroën
  • Original Soundtrack El hombre y la Tierra (Man and the Earth)
  • Original Soundtrack Ramón y Cajal (Ramon and Cajal)

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