Alberto Ginastera was a prominent 20th-century classical composer from Argentina, born in Buenos Aires in 1916. He studied at the Williams Conservatory in Buenos Aires and later taught at the Liceo Militar General San Martín. He also spent time in the United States, where he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood. Ginastera's music is divided into three periods, namely "Objective Nationalism," "Subjective Nationalism," and "Neo-Expressionism," with each period featuring traditional Argentine musical elements in different ways. He drew inspiration from the Gauchesco tradition, which reveres the gaucho as a symbol of Argentina. Ginastera died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1983, and was buried there.