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One of the main differences that we find in the account is in regards to which cathedral he used as an inspiration aguston the composition. So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. The real motive for writing this movement is unknown.

The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral. For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for allfgro it.

This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite. The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition.

Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: This is information I retrieved from interviews, written documents and blogs from some of the solemnd dedicated professors, performers and historians on the music of Agustin Barrios. This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition.

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 is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period.


Amir April 16, at 8: 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.

“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 records of his marriage Gloria Silva Zevan according to some authors. Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No. There is one belief that it was written because of financial problems and aguustin 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. He was a great admirer of J.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz

I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact. 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.

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. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales.


Historical Background on Repertoire. 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. It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse.

It is said, he was sick at the time and he bartios staying at the hotel which was really close to the Cathedral at Montevideo. Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts?

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 catedrxl suite. This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers. Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work.

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 movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece.

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