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Antón García Abril

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Antón García Abril
Born19 May 1933
Teruel, Spain
Died17 March 2021(2021-03-17) (aged 87)
Madrid, Spain
GenresFilm score, classical
Occupation(s)Composer, musician

Antón García Abril OAXS (19 May 1933 – 17 March 2021) was a Spanish composer and musician.[1] He composed many classical orchestral works, chamber and vocal pieces, as well as over 150 scores for film and television.


Between 1974 and 2003, he was the head of the department of Compositions and Musical Forms (Composición y Formas Musicales) of the Madrid Royal Conservatory, and in 1982 he was elected a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. In 1994, he was awarded Spain's Premio Nacional de Música for composition, and in 2008, he was also named a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia.

He died on 17 March 2021, at the age of 87 from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.[2][3]


García Abril has composed as many orchestral works as he has chamber and vocal pieces, and he has composed music for films and television series such as El hombre y la Tierra, Fortunata y Jacinta, Anillos de oro, Segunda enseñanza, Brigada Central, Ramón y Cajal, La ciudad no es para mí and Compuesta y sin novio.

In 1966, he composed the soundtrack for the film Texas, Adios, a Spaghetti Western starring Franco Nero. Also, in 1969, he worked alongside Rafael Romero Marchent, a film director from Madrid, on the soundtrack of the movie Awkward Hands, another Spaghetti Western. He also composed the music for Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead series of films, being Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972), Return of the Blind Dead (1973), The Ghost Galleon (1974) and Night of the Seagulls (1975).


  • 1969. Twelve songs to texts by Rafael Alberti (for voice and orchestra)
  • 1972. Hemeroscopium (for orchestra)
  • 1976. Concierto aguediano (for guitar and orchestra)
  • 1985. Evocaciones (for solo guitar)
  • 1986. Concierto mudéjar (for guitar and orchestra)
  • 1987. Vademecum (a collection of 12 pieces for the guitar)
  • 1992. Divinas palabras (opera after Ramón del Valle-Inclán, premiered 1997 with Plácido Domingo)
  • 1994. Concierto (for piano and orchestra)
  • 1996. Nocturnos de la Antequeruela (for piano and orchestra)
  • 1999. Concierto de las tierras altas (for cello and orchestra)
  • 2001. Concierto de la Malvarrosa (for flute, piano and strings)
  • 2007. Alba de los caminos (for piano and string quintet)
  • 2012. Cantos de Ordesa, Concerto for viola and orchestra

Music for films and television

Between 1956 and 1994, Antón García Abril created more than 150 compositions for movies and television. He has provided soundtracks for the films:

He also created the soundtracks of the television series:



  1. ^ "Hilary Hahn performs Antón García Abril | A Spanish cultural event in Washington, D.C. on 10/28/2016". SPAIN arts & culture is the official website for the promotion of Spain's arts and culture in the USA. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. ^ Muere el compositor Antón García Abril, autor de más de 200 bandas sonoras y de la inolvidable música de 'El hombre y la tierra (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Muere García Abril, un músico culto y popular (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado

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