Check out Agustin Barrios- La Catedral, Iii. Allegro Solemne by David Solis Olson on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on. Check out La catedral: No. 3, Allegro solemne by Carsten Pedersen & Agustín Barrios Mangoré on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s . Recently, I started learning “La Catedral” by Agustin Barrios. Originally, “La Catedral” had only two movements: “Andante Religioso” and “Allegro Solemne”.

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Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work. 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.

Historical Background on Repertoire. On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite. The real barrios for writing this movement is unknown.

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.

Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré

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 agustn of his marriage Gloria Silva Zevan according to some authors. 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.


It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. So I decided to start reading and researching about the song.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz

The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the agkstin and outside of the Cathedral. It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period.

I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. One of the main differences that we find in the account catsdral in regards to which cathedral he used as an inspiration for the composition.

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. To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse. There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. Amir April 16, at 8: For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition.

Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No. Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. 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.

We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to write music with 3 movements. This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral.


Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. Also, bqrrios is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it. But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite.

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. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music.

So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this 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.

Also, as mentioned before, his woman at the time had died and he decided to write catddral prelude as a grief or mourning song. So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts? Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: He was a great admirer of J.

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