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The real motive for writing this movement is unknown. Amir April 16, at 8: Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work. To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse. Catedrzl hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition.
“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré
Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude saueade enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. Also, as mentioned before, his woman at sajdade time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song.
It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite.
But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. 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. 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.
Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar –
Historical Background on Repertoire. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to saurade performed a whole Lute Suite No.
There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. 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 movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. 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 Preluddio Zevan according to some authors.
So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts? This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition.
It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite. It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it.
We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to write music with 3 movements. 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.
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.
LA CATEDRAL I PRELUDIO SAUDADE INTERACTIVE TAB by Agustín Barrios Mangoré @
For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite.
While still in his sublime experience he walks out of the church and was shocked by all the chaos outside the walls zaudade the church. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact.
So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. One of the main differences that we find in the account preluvio in regards to which cathedral he used as an inspiration for the composition.
Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar
He was a great admirer of J. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music.
This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral. So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. 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.