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Gustavo Pittaluga [1906–1975]

Date of Birth: 8 Feb 1906 Madrid
Died: 1975 Madrid (age 69)

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1929 A serious illness prevents him from pursuing a diplomatic career, he turns to music
1930 Madrid
At the Residencia de Estudiantes, gives a paper known as Manifiesto del Grupo, introducing the Grupo de los Ocho
1933 Madrid
Organises the concert series of the Sociedad de Cursos y Conferencias. The series begins with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Madrid conducted by Pittaluga
1933 Paris
Signs a contract with editor Alphonse Leduc
1934 Begins collaboration in the recently founded literary journal Diablo Mundo
1934 Paris
Appointed to the directive of the Société Triton for contemporary music. Other members included Milhaud, Honneger, Poulenc, Prokofieff, and Markevitch.
1934 Madrid
Begins writing music criticism for the Diario de Madrid
1935 Madrid
Appointed member of the Music Section of the Ateneo de Madrid. Involved in centennary organisation.
1935 Madrid
Appointed Music Director of the Chamartín Cinema Studios
1936 Shortly after the start of the Civil War, conducts the Madrid Philarmonic in a benefit concert for the Hospital de la Sangre. The concert was patronised by Dolores Rivas Cherif de Azaña
1936 Joins the Diplomatic Service
1936 France
Joins Rodolfo Halffter in France for a recording of the Chants de guerre, a collection of Republican hymns they both would orchestrate
1937–1948 Latin America
Conducted concerts throughout Latin America (Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Brasil, Caracas)
Jul 1937 Washington
Appointed to the Spanish Embassy in Washington
1948 Mexico
Settled in Mexico
1962 Madrid
Returns to Madrid, already ill
1975 Madrid
Dies at the age of 69
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