Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

How Barrios was rescued from obscurity


AGUSTÍN BARRIOS MANGORÉ died fifty years ago on 7 August, 1944. The posthumous history of his reputation from gross neglect to a position of permanence in the central pantheon of the repertoire is one of the most remarkable aspects of recent guitar developments. Laurindo Almeida, one of the earliest advocates for Barrios, recorded two of his works, Preludio para Guitarra opus 5 and Chôro da Saudade, in the 1950s on an album entitled Guitar Music of Latin America (Capitol P832 1). Preludio (op. 5 no. 1) had been published by Ricordi Americana (Buenos Aires) in 1957, following an early edition of La Catedral by Mondo Guarani (Buenos Aires, 1955). Vals op. 8 no. 4 was published in 1959, also by Ricordi Americana. Laurindo Almeida’s sleeve notes revealed the following information about an otherwise unknown and somewhat mysterious...

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