Marcela Rodríguez was born in Mexico City. She studied the guitar and composition with Leo Brouwer of Cuba. She studied for a while in London, and then returned to Mexico City to study with Julio Estrada and Ma. Antonieta Lozano, Rodríguez works have been performed internationally, including the United States, Venezuela, Spain, Moldavia and Greece. She has taught classes of composition for opera, dance and theater in Mexico and Spain, and at the Catholic University of Colombia and the Catholic University of Washington.
Rodriguez has composed chamber music, symphonies, concertos, opera and also for solo instruments, voice, theater and dance. Selected works include:
- La Sunamita, opera (1991)
- Séneca, opera, libretto by Carlos Thiebaut (1993)
- "Las Cartas de Frida" (2011)
- "Bola Negra" text by Mario Bellatin
- La Fábula de las Regiones
- Concierto para guitarra y orquestra
- Concierto para cello y orquestra
- 2 concerts para recorder and orchestra"
- 2 concerts for piano and orchestra"
- Vértigos for four percussionists and orchestra
- "Horizonte Oaxaqueño" for symphonic band and flute trio
- ASILAH for ensemble
- TRES DANZAS for ensemble
- 3 FLUTE TRÍOS
- "Nocturno" for solo guitar
- "Apocalipsis" cello solo
- "Caída" ensemble
- 4 "lumbres" for cello solo
- 4 piano solo pieces
Her music has been recorded and issued on CD. Selected recordings include:
- Séneca, Audio CD (June 13, 2006) Urtext Records, ASIN: B000FII2LQ
"Funesta" letra de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for soparna and ensemble
- Casi Una Pregunta, Casi Una Respuesta (Almost a Question, Almost an Answer): Latin American Piano Music in the 21st Century by Martha Marchena, Aurelio de la Vega, Marcela Rodriguez, and Carlos Alberto Vazquez, Audio CD (Jun 30, 2009) MSR Classics, ASIN: B002FKFW24
- Musica Sinfonica Mexicana Audio CD (February 18, 1997) Urtext Records, ASIN: B000005DMD
- "Review: Mexican pianist Ana Cervantes honors Juan Rulfo" Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "Marcela Rodríguez". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- "Currículum". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- "Docencia". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
- LaMay, Thomasin K. (2005). Musical voices of early modern women: many-headed melodies. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
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