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Carlos Duarte (born in Caracas on June 1, 1957; died April 13, 2003) was a Venezuelan composer and pianist. His premier recital was at age 11 and at 16 he won a national award for composition (He obtained the prize for 3 consecutive years from 1973 to 1975). He composed some pieces for piano and orchestra: "Ludios" (Ludus), "Sinfonietta La Mar" (Sea Sinfonietta), "Concierto de la Canción Triste" (Sad Song Concerto) and "Requiem para un Idiota" (Requiem for an Idiot). In 1999 he composed a Quintet for the End of the Century (Quinteto para el Fin del Siglo). The composer himself performed the first performances in the same year, with the Arpeggione Quartet (as a Piano Quintet) and the European Union Chamber Orchestra (as a Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra). His last work was a Requiem, entitled "Requiem para un Idiota" (Requiem for an Idiot), for Piano (as his own voice), Chorus, 8 Clarinets, 8 Bassons, 8 Contrabassoons and 8 Double Basses. The Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas) posthumously premiered in April 30th, 2006 under the baton of Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Arnaldo Pizzolante playing the piano part. Both are among the closest friends of Duarte. He composed also the incidental piano music for "Jav & Jos", "The Last Minotaur" and "Clitemnestra" all of them performed by the "Theja" Theater Group in the nineties. Between 1987 and 1990 he was the Pianist of the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra. He served as a professor at the Universidad Simón Bolívar Post-Graduate Music Faculty.

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