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Hilda Dianda

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Hilda Dianda
Hilda Fanny Dianda

(1925-04-13) April 13, 1925 (age 99)
Occupation(s)composer, musicologist, music educator, and conductor

Hilda Fanny Dianda (born 13 April 1925) is an Argentinian composer, musicologist, music educator, and conductor.

Early life[edit]

Hilda Dianda was born in Córdoba, Argentina. She began her musical studies in Buenos Aires from 1942-1950 under Honorio Siccardi. She was awarded a fellowship, and began studying conducting under Hermann Scherchen in Venice from 1949-1950. She later moved to France where she was influenced by the "Musical Research Group" (GRMC) of French radio, directed by Pierre Schaeffer. She was invited into a phonology research position with Radio Audizioni Italiane (RAI) along with John Cage, Henri Pousseur, Dieter Schönbach, and André Boucourechliev, where she also began to study electronic music in the Studio di Fonologia, Milan.[1] These studies earned her a fellowship and a Medal of Cultural Merit from the Kranichstein Music Institute.[2] From 1960 to 1962 she participated in the International Courses of New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.[3]


In 1966 she worked in the Electronic Music Lab at the California State University, Northridge in the United States.[1] From 1967 to 1971 she returned to Argentina as a professor of composition, orchestration, technical, and orchestral conducting at the School of Arts of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina[4] after which she moved to Germany until 1976. She toured Latin America and Europe as a conductor. As a musicologist, Dianda published professional articles on contemporary music in a number of journals and magazines as well as her book La Música Argentina de Hoy in 1966. After a seven year break from composing, Dianda wrote The Requiem in 1984 dedicated to "our dead" and utilizing ancient Latin texts.[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1964 Medal of Cultural Merit, Italy[2]
  • 1980 Caballero en la Orden de las Palmas Académicas, France[1]
  • Official Recognition by Fundatión Alicia Moreau de Justo, Argentina[1]


Dianda composes for orchestra, chamber ensemble and electronic production. Selected works include:

Title Date Instrumentation
Obertura para titeres 1948 Orchestra
Tarde, La 1949 Voice and piano
Musica para arcos 1951 String orchestra
Trio 1953 Flute, oboe, and bassoon
Three sonatas 1956 Piano
Dos Estudios en Oposición 1959 Tape
Estructuras I-III 1960 Cello and piano
Diedros 1962 Flute
Canciones 1962 Soprano, guitar, vibraphone, and percussion
Rituales 1962 Voice, percussion or piano and percussion
Núcleos 1963 Orchestra
Qt III 1963 Strings
Percusión 11 1963 11 percussion
Resonancias-1 1964 5 horns
Ludus-1 1965 Cello and orchestra
A-7 1966 Cello and magnetic tape
Resonancias 5 1966-68 Choruses
Ludus 2 1968 Chamber orchestra
Divertimento 1969-70 6 percussion
Impromptu 1970 String Orchestra
Canto 1972 Chamber Orchestra
Celebraciones 1974 Cello and Percussion
Oda 1974 2 trumpet, 3 trombone, and 3 percussion
Después el Silencio 1976 Tape
Requiem 1984 Chorus and orchestra
Encantamientos 1984 Tape
Trío 1985 Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Cadencias 1985 Woodwinds and percussion
Cadencias 2 1986 Violin and piano
Cántico 1988 Chorus and chamber orchestra
Va Conc. 1988 Orchestra
Paisaje 1992 Chamber orchestra
Mitos 1993 Percussion and Strings
Rituales 1994 Marimba


  1. ^ a b c d e Arias, Raquel C. de (2001). "Dianda, Hilda". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.07719.
  2. ^ a b Cohen, Aaron I. (1987). International Encyclopedia of Women Composers. Books & Music USA. ISBN 978-0-9617485-1-7.[page needed]
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1995). The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-03487-5.[page needed]
  4. ^ Ficher, Miguel; Schleifer, Martha Furman; Furman, John M. (2002). Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-1-4616-6911-1.[page needed]