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Victor Marquez-Barrios

Kirksville, MO         

Venezuelan composer and guitarist Victor E. Marquez-Barrios holds an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, enCayapa Ensamble), the U.S. (H2 Quartet, Alexander String Quartet), and Europe (Guitar Duo Montes-Kircher, Proxima Centauri Ensemble). Works by Marquez-Barrios have also been performed at numerous international music festivals, such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana (Cuba), 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012 (Los Angeles, USA), and the World Saxophone Congress in its 2012 and 2015 editions.

Currently, Marquez-Barrios teaches music theory and composition as part of the faculty at Truman State University’s Music Department, in parallel to his active career as a composer and guest lecturer.

SAXTETO: II. Sangueo

2nd movement of my work SAXTETO, for saxophone quartet, in a wonderful recording by H2 Quartet, included in their album Groove Machine.

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Dance Lessons: III. Henry Could Fiddle (on a 1709 Stradivarius)

3rd (and final) movement of my work Dance Lessons, for string quartet, in a great performance by ConTempus Quartet, from Michigan.

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The Fallen Tree

Work commissioned by percussionist Alex Smith to be premiered on The Michigandered Marimba, an instrument built by Smith to illustrate his idea of sustainable craftsmanship. This great performance of the work is by Kelsey Tamayo, on the original instrument it was written for.

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