The groups participating in the Section Two of the International Music Band Contest «Ciudad de Valencia» 2019 will have to interpret the “Brigantia de Los Vientos” score by composer Eva Irene Lopszyc as a mandatory work.
EVA IRENE LOPSZYC
Eva Irene Lopszyc was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a graduate of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla (CSMMF) in Piano, Composition and Orchestral Conducting. She began studying music with her mother, the pianist Tatiana Vaistij Lopszyc, and was subsequently taught by Elsa Piaggio de Tarelli, Charles Dobler, and Ángel Lasala, and formed a piano duo with her sister, Diana.
She was taught composition by her great uncle Jacobo Ficher, and also by Alicia Terzián, Roberto García Morillo, and Augusto Rattenbach. Her orchestral conducting teachers were Alfonso Stagno, Miguel Ángel Gilardi, Adela Marshall, Mario Benzecry and Pedro Ignacio Calderón.
As composer her work encompasses numerous styles: work for soloists, chamber music, choir, orchestra, choral symphony, chamber opera, ensembles and wind band. They have been premièred by notable performers in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, the Vatican, Germany, the Ukraine, Poland, Israel , Great Britain, China, and Belgium.
She has participated in contemporary music Festivals and wind band summits in Spain and Portugal, offering première performances of «Almirante Cristóbal Colón«, «Brigantia de los Vientos«, «Ventos de Amor – Terras de Fogo e Mar-Lembrança a Luis de Camoes«.
She served as conductor to the Orquesta CSMMF, Ópera Contemporánea, and Ensamble de los Tres Tiempos. She conducted the Banda Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires; Banda Sinfónica de La Pampa, Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de Tucumán, Federación Bandas de Tenerife, Orquestas Sinfónica de Paraguay, and ensembles from Brazil and Mexico. She was the Argentinian delegate at the 2nd Women Conductors’ Symposium, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2018.
Awards: ISCM WMDAYS, Poland; TRINAC, Fundación Encuentros; Selección Gaude Mater, Czsestochowa, Polonia; Contemporánea Belo Horizonte; Encuentros Latinoamericanos, Mexico; Premio «Alfonso Stagno»; and the Medalla de Oro Composición y Dirección CSMMF.
Her works have been published by Sillabe and DeSantis Publications.
She has also recorded several CDs, including one titled Música Contemporánea.
Juries: Young Composers Award ISCM, Poland; TRINAC; 132nd CIBM Valencia 2018; and the conducting positions adjudication panel of the Buenos Aires Department of Culture.
She teaches at the CSMMF and was a teaching supervisor at DGEART (2016-2018).
She was the President of the Argentinian Women Composers Forum from 2009 to 2013.
She is an MMP Peace Ambassador, a member of WASBE, Donne Women in Music and the Brontë Society.
COMPULSORY PIECE: «BRIGANTIA DE LOS VIENTOS»
Goddess of sacred land and the creative fire in Celtic mythology. Source of victory and energy.
Green is her joyous cry when summer commences. She is the Earth in full bloom and the power of the new moon.
In her, everything is done in perfect balance, all elements are combined to create that pivotal moment of the year where all is growth, all is fertility.
BRIGANTIA, is the creative fire of life. Hers is the fire that forges.
BRIGANTIA blesses all those who follow her creativity.
Brigantia de los Vientos is a one-movement piece, with contrasting magic images which have been translated into sounds and colours that appear one after the other, to form a description of the Goddess.
Brigantia is a triple goddess, 3 together as one, and this triplicity is conveyed through the score’s dynamic indications, which suggest an ongoing discourse within the work.
Brigantia is a fire divinity, her fire is three-fold: a healing, a founding/forging and the spark of inspiration. This is the fire of inspiration revealed through music and the word, forging the fortitude of warriors to help them to overcome adversity, heal wounds and also to find that lost spark in our own body and soul.
This mixture of magic and ritual, of peace and burning fires which rise up to form whirlwinds up into the infinite have been turned into sound, that which is expressed by the piece through its constituent elements.
Brigantia de los Vientos, world première at the 5th Congreso Iberoamericano de Compositores, Directores y Arregladores de Banda Sinfónica y Ensambles (Ibero-American Conference for Composers, Conductors and Arrangers in Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), Llíria, Valencia; Félix Hauswirth, Conductor and the Banda del Ateneo Musical de Cullera, on 15th July 2013.