Mesías Maiguashca

Mesías Maiguashca (born 24 December 1938) is an Ecuadorian composer and an advocate of the new music, especially electroacoustic music.


Born in Quito, Maiguashca studied music at the Conservatorio Nacional de Quito, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY (1958–65), with Alberto Ginastera at the Instituto di Tella in Buenos Aires, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 1965–66 he returned to Quito to teach at the National Conservatory, but then moved back to Germany to attend the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, and the Fourth Cologne Courses for New Music in 1966–67, where he studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen (Béhague 2001; Stockhausen 1971, 201–202). He is regarded as one of the central figures of the Cologne School, active since the mid-1970s (Kapko-Foretić 1980, 50).

Maiguashca worked closely with Stockhausen in the Electronic Music Studio of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne from 1968 to 1972, and joined Stockhausen's ensemble for performances at the German Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka. He also prepared the recording of the collective composition Ensemble, organized by Stockhausen for the Darmstadt Courses in 1967. In 1971 he became a founding member of the Oeldorf Group of composers and performers, as well as beginning work at the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Musicale in Metz, at IRCAM in Paris, and at the ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe (Béhague 2001). He has taught in Metz, Stuttgart, Basel, Quito, and Győr, amongst other places. From 1990 to 2004 he was Professor of Electronic Music at the Musikhochschule of Freiburg im Breisgau, the town where he has lived since 1996.



  • Iridiscente, for orchestra, sound objects & electroacoustics, 2009
  • Ton-Geographie IV for sound installation, violin, cello, flute, trombone & sound objects, 2007
  • Boletín y elegía de las Mitas, scenic cantata on the text by César Dávila Andrade, 2006-7
  • El Tiempo for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 cellos, 2 percussionists & electronics, 1999–2000
  • mini-ópera Los Enemigos, premiered: 31 October 1997 Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • The Spirit Catcher for cello & live electronics, 1993
  • La Seconde Ajouteé for 2 pianos. 1985
  • Fmelodies II for cello, percussion & tape, 1984
  • ...y ahora vamos por aquí... for 8 instruments & tape, 1977
  • ÜBUNGEN for violin & synthesizer, 1972
  • AYAYAYAYAY concrete music & electroacoustics, 1971
Note: for a complete catalogue refer to the composer's website.


  • Maiguashca, Mesias. 1975. "Information zu Übungen für Violine, Klarinette und Violoncello." Feedback Papers 9 (Summer): 228–32.
  • Maiguashca, Mesias. 1985. "Zu FMELODIES" Neuland Jahrbuch 5:288–96.
  • Maiguashca, Mesias. 1987. "Espectro—armonía—melodía—timbre". Opus Magazine, no. 13 (June, edited by Arturo Rodas and translated by Ramiro Salvador Roldán): 10–19.
  • Maiguashca, Mesias. 1991. "Spectre—harmonie—mélodie—timbre." In Le timbre, métaphore pour la composition, edited by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Catherine Delaruelle, and Anne Grange, translated by Esther Starkier and Alain Galliari, 402–11. Paris: Bourgois.


Mesias Maiguashca, Fmelodies II and works by
J. Harvey, G. Loy, Kaija Saariaho, D. Smalley
Mesias Maiguashca:
The Spirit Catcher, The Tonal, Sacatecas Dance, The Wings of Perception II, El Oro, The Nagual.
Mesias Maiguashca, Übungen for violin & Shynth. Other works by D. Johnson,
K. Barlow, S. Foretic, P. Eötvös y John McGuire.
K.O. Studio Freiburg
Z. Szathmáry spielt Werke from Mesias Maiguashca (Nemos Orgel)
und W. Michel, Z. S zathmáry, H. Otte, C. Lefebvre.
  • SurPlus Contemporáneos:
Published by Sumak, Música académica ecuatoriana del Siglo XX
Mesias Maiguashca, La Noche Cíclica and works by
J. Campoverde, P. Freire, A. Rodas, L. Enríquez, E. Flores & M. Estévez.
CCEN del Azuay


  • Anderson, Julian. 2000. "A Provisional History of Spectral Music". Contemporary Music Review 19, no. 2 ("Spectral Music: History and Techniques"): 7–22.
  • Béhague, Gerard. 2001. "Maiguashca, Mesías." The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers; New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music.
  • Fürst-Heidtmann, Monika. 1993. "Mesias Maiguashca." In Komponisten der Gegenwart: Loseblatt-Lexikon—Nachlieferung 3, edited by Hanns-Werner Heister and Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer. Munich: Edition Text+Kritik.
  • Kapko-Foretić, Zdenka. 1980. "Kölnska škola avangarde". Zvuk: Jugoslavenska muzička revija, 1980 no. 2:50–55.
  • Kostakeva, Maria. 2001. "Die wandelnde Welt oder die Zeitkristalle? "Die Feinde" von Mesias Maiguashca. Musiktheater nach der Erzählung "Das geheime Wunder" von J.-L. Borges." In Das Musiktheater in den audiovisuellen Medien: "… ersichtlich gewordene Taten der Musik", ed. Peter Csobádi, Gernot Gruber, and Jürgen Kühnel, 526–34. Anif/Salzburg: Mueller-Speiser. ISBN 3-85145-074-4.
  • Montague, Stephen. 1991. "Mesias Maiguashca." Contemporary Music Review 6, no. 1 ("New Instruments for the Performance of Electronic Music/Live Electronics"): 197–203.
  • Müller, Hermann-Christoph. 1999. "Schlafende Schönheit: Musiktheaterstücke von Furukawa, Viñao und Maiguashca im ZKM Karlsruhe." MusikTexte: Zeitschrift für Neue Musik. no. 80 (August): 33–37.
  • Stockhausen, Karlheinz. 1971. Texte zur Musik 3 (1963–1970). Edited by Dieter Schnebel. Cologne: Verlag M. DuMont Schauberg.
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