BUENOS AIRES – Pianist and composer Ariel Ramirez, one of the chief exponents of Argentine folk music, died from pneumonia aggravated by a kidney problem, sources close to the artist said Friday. He was 88.
The musician, internationally known for such works as “Misa Criolla” (Latin American Mass), was admitted several days ago to a clinic in the Buenos Aires suburb of Monte Grande, where he was also treated for neurological problems, his son Facundo Ramirez said.
A vigil for the pianist’s remains will be held in the seat of the Argentine Congress and buried Saturday at Chacarita Cemetery in the mausoleum of the Argentine Society of Authors and Composers, of which the pianist was president for five consecutive terms.
The artist suffered for years from a degenerative disease that also affected his memory, but the family preferred to give no details.
Besides “Misa Criolla,” Ramirez was the creator of iconic works like “Mujeres Argentinas” (Argentine Women), “Alfonsina y el Mar” (Alfonsina and the Sea), and “La Tristecita” (The Sad Little Girl), among others. EFE