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Historical Background on Repertoire. He was a great admirer of J. 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. 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.
Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar
The story said that he was able to hear the bells of the church from his hotel room and that was his inspiration for the composition. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite.
But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales.
This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral.
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. There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. To my surprise, the information found szudade the subject is diverse. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact.
Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar –
It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition.
Also, as mentioned before, his preluido at the time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song. This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition. There is one belief that it was saueade because of financial problems and another that Barrios was suffering from a kind of depression that lead him to compose the prelude.
This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. 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. Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work.
“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz
Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: 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.
We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to write music with 3 movements. One of the main differences that we find in the account is in regards to which cathedral he used as an inspiration for saudave composition. It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. I believe that knowing preluddio circumstances, motives and historical background in which a saudaxe was written can and should make a difference in your performance.
So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts? It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite.
So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral. I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition.
For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite.
“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré
The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No. So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music.
This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers. Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it.