To know Carlos Chávez, to be near him, his teachings and his friendship, were a privilege and a great honor for me that I shall never forget.

To him I owe a large part of what I know and what I am in the field of music.

Chávez, as a teacher, never denied me his counsel or his teachings. He was my friend, but what is more, he behaved like a father, because in my student days he guided me and helped me to solve the economic and moral problems that weighed me down.

Carlos Chávez was an orchestra conductor of international reputation, an admirable organizer, a pedagogue, a writer and public speaker, but for me, and above all his qualities, he is Mexico’s most important and most representative composer of the current century; his work, undertaken with great prowess, will be more appreciated as people listen to it more.

Blas Galindo