Francisco Guerrero Marin

(1951 - 1997)

Born in Linares (Andalusia) in 1951, Francisco Guerrero began his musical studies with his father at the age of six, then in Palma de Mallorca, Madrid and Granada with Juan Alfonso Garcia. He devotes himself to the organ and to composition. In 1969, he created an electronic music laboratory within Radio de Granada. From 1973, he worked as a programmer for the Spanish national radio station. In 1985, he founded the Department of Electronic Music at the Polytechnic University of Las Palmas. Soon after, he surrounded himself with members of various professions - engineers, physicists, architects and computer scientists - with whom he formed a working group. In 1988, he met Luigi Nono, with whom he maintained a deep friendship.

Very early on, he developed a passion for electroacoustic music: Jondo (1974), a piece with electronics, won the Gaudeamus prize. In 1979, he received the composition prize from the city of Granada. The "Academia de Bellas Artes de Granada" named him as "Academico corrispondiente". In 1985, he was appointed a member of the Granada Festival Foundation. In 1993, all of his work was awarded the "Andalucía de la Musica" prize.

Concise, but very difficult to perform because of their rhythmic complexity and the composer's taste for very elaborate polyphonies, his compositions bear witness to uncompromising musical thought. He was the first to use fractal theory in music, starting with the great choral page Nur (1990).

In addition to orchestral pieces, vocal pieces and solo pieces for piano and harpsichord, a large part of his catalogue is devoted to chamber music, notably with the Zayin cycle - for trio, string quartet and solo violin. The only thing missing from this very comprehensive catalogue was an opera, yet he had sketched on the legend of Pope Joan, which the composer's sudden death in October 1997 left in the works.