Jacqueline Nova

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Jacqueline Nova Sondag (1935–1975) was a Colombian musician, author and composer.


Jacqueline Nova Sondag was born 6 January 1935, in Ghent, Belgium. Her family later moved to Bucaramanga, Colombia, and then in 1955 to Bogotá. Nova began studying piano as a child and in 1958 was admitted to the National Conservatory of Music National University. She appeared in performances at the Conservatory as a soloist and accompanist and studied with Fabio González Zuleta and with Blas Emilio Atehortua for contemporary music. In 1967 she graduated with a Masters in composition and traveled to Buenos Aires on a scholarship from the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella for further studies in composition. There she studied with Luigi Nono, Alberto Ginastera, Gerardo Gandini, Kröpfl Francisco and others.[1]

Nova's work has been played by orchestras including Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, First Latin American Music Festival, the Third Annual Symposium of American Music in Virginia, USA. Her works have been performed in Venezuela, Panama, Spain, Brazil, United States, Argentina, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Austria.

Nova's work has been issued through media including radio, publications, film, conferences and concerts. In 1970 she conducted a lecture and concert for the Conference on Electronic Music at the Instituto Colombo-Alemán and also at the V Music Festival in Medellín. She wrote "The Wonderful World of Machinery" for the magazine Bogota Nova No. 4 in 1966, and "Reasonable Orders Conscious and Unconscious" in 1967 and "An Aberrant Phenomenon" for the newspaper El Espectador in 1969.

Between 1969 and 1970, Nova directed Asimetrías, a Radiodifusora Nacional radio series which presented 22 sessions of new music works and analysis.[2] In 1970 she established the New Music Group to perform works by living composers, with special emphasis on Latin America, but because of her health, the ensemble had limited engagements. Nova died 13 June 1975 in Bogotá from bone cancer.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Festival de Música de Caracas Award for Chamber Orchestra 1966 for 12 Mobile
  • Third prize in the Composition of the Colombian Institute of Culture 1977 for "Pitecanthropus" for symphony orchestra, voices and electronic sounds
  • Posthumous recognition from the Colombian Institute of Culture


Nova composed for multiple genres including orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instrument. She also wrote works for popular theater and film soundtracks including Machu Picchu and Francisco Norden's film The Guerrilla Priest Camilo. She also composed for Son et lumière projects. Selected works include:

  • Fantasy for piano
  • Little Suite for string quartet
  • Transitions for piano
  • Asymmetries for flute, cymbals, and tam-tams
  • Opposition fusion for tape
  • Echos I for piano and electronic sounds
  • 12 Mobile for symphony orchestra
  • Metamorphosis III' for symphony orchestra
  • Music for Macbeth chamber group
  • Julius Caesar for theater
  • Hiroshima, oratorio, text by Dora Castellanos, for symphony orchestra, countertenor, contralto, 16 female voices, choir and tape
  • Omaggio a Catullus for speaking voices, piano, harmonium, percussion and electronic sounds
  • HK 70
  • Creation of the earth[3]


  1. ^ Boenke, Heidi M. (1988). Flute music by women composers: an annotated catalog.
  2. ^ "Nova". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b Ana Maria Romano Gómez, Ana Maria Romano (2001). "Jacqueline Nova Sondag:Columbian Composer". Retrieved 3 October 2010.

External links[edit]