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José María Valle Riestra

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José María Valle Riestra (November 9, 1859 - January 25, 1925) was a Peruvian composer.

A native of Lima, Valle Riestra studied in London in childhood; returning to Lima, he continued self-study in music. In adulthood he went to Paris for further study, working from 1895 until 1897 with André Gedalge. Upon the organization of the Academia Nacional de Música [es] he was appointed to the faculty. His compositions were national in character; some employed Inca melodies. They included three operas on Inca themes, including Ollanta (1900); Las rosas de Jamaica; and Atahualpa. Other works include a requiem for chorus and orchestra; orchestral works; choral music; and songs. He died in the city of his birth.[1] By marriage he was related to Juan Antonio Pezet, dedicatee of his requiem.[2]


  1. ^ Nicolas Slonimsky (1988). The Concise Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Schirmer Books. p. 1286. ISBN 978-0-02-872411-9.
  2. ^ "Requiemsurvey.org". www.requiemsurvey.org. Retrieved Mar 13, 2021.