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To my surprise, the information found catedrall the subject is diverse. There is one belief that it was written because of financial problems and another that Barrios was suffering from a kind of depression that lead him to compose the prelude. While still in his sublime experience he walks out of the church and was shocked by all the chaos outside the walls of the church.
Pictures of solene music retrieved from: Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact. Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. It is said, he was sick at the time and he was staying at the hotel which was really close to the Cathedral at Montevideo.
I believe that knowing the circumstances, motives and historical background in which a song was written can and should make a difference in your performance.
Historical Background on Repertoire. It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it.
Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador.
Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work. This movement agusyin the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music.
“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré
On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite. The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition.
Also, as mentioned before, his woman at the time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song. This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers. Fatedral real motive for writing this movement is unknown. It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach.
Amir April 16, at 8: This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition. Some argue the motive was a kind of sadness he had experience because of the death of his wife his sentimental partner since we have no records of his marriage Gloria Silva Zevan according to some authors.
He was a great admirer of J.
Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. This was his birthplace and it is said that after spending some time out of the city he came back to his home town and went to the cathedral.
So I decided to start reading and researching about the song.
“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz
For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. This is information I retrieved from interviews, written documents and blogs from some of the most dedicated professors, performers and historians on the music of Agustin Barrios.
It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. So what I want to do, is share some barrlos and historical background of this composition. One of the main differences that we find in the account is in regards to which cathedral he used as an inspiration for the composition. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite. Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No.
The story said that he was able to hear the bagrios of the church from his hotel room and that was his inspiration for the composition.