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Jaoquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)

Matteo CarcassiJoaquín Rodrigo was born in Valencia, Spain on St. Cecilia's day, the patron saint of music, November 22, 1901. At the age of three, he was completely blinded due to Diphtheria He began his first musical studies on piano and violin at the age of eight. At Sixteen, he entered the Valencia Conservatory, where he studied composition and harmony.

In 1927 Rodrigo moved to Paris to enroll at the Ecole Normale de Musique, where he studied for five years with Paul Dukas. He would soon become friends with Ravel, Honegger, Milhaud,, de Falla, and many other musical celebrities of the time. It was in Paris that Rodrigo composed the Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra which brought him world-wide fame, overnight. This concierto was dedicated to Regino Sáinz de la Maza. Rodrigo has composed many other works for orchestra, piano, and voice, including concertos for various instruments, more than sixty songs, choral and instrumental works, and music for the stage and cinema. It is the works for guitar which have gained him the widest circulation and have brought him the undiminished reputation of being the guitar composer of the twentieth century. This feat is made even more extraordinary since Rodrigo could not play "four notes in a row" on the guitar, but he was an excellent pianist and violinist. All Rodrigo’s compositions were originally written in Braille and were transcribed into notation later. 

 In 1933, Rodrigo married the Turkish pianist Victoria Kamhi and continued to travel throughout Europe. In 1939, he returned to Spain and settled in Madrid.  Rodrigo received many honours during his lifetime, both civil and intellectual, and to celebrate his 90th birthday concerts of his music were held worldwide and Rodrigo was raised to the nobility by King Juan Carlos of Spain, given the title ‘Marqués de los jardines de Aranjuez’ . In 1996 the composer received Spain’s greatest distinction, the Prince of Asturias Prize, the first time that it had been awarded to a composer.

Rodrigo died in Madrid on the 6 July 1999. His daughter Cecilia founded the publishing house of Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo in 1989 and created the Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo Foundation in 1999 in order to ensure the continuity of his legacy. In Rodrigo's music, originality of musical inspiration goes hand in hand with a devotion to the fundamental values of the rich tradition of Spanish music. In the composers own words, "Often, composing music, I have had the sense that everything that is beautiful -and the soul is this- is certain to remain."

Selected Works By Joaquin Rodrigo

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Fantasía para un gentilhombre "für Andrés Segovia" by Joaquín Rodrigo
$24.50 - Book 49010751 - Piano reduction with solo part
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Series: Edition Schott - Edited by: Andrés Segovia - 42 Pages, 22 minutes - Saddle stitching - Standard notation only.
I. Villano y Ricerare
II. Españoleta y fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles
III. Danza de las hachas
IV. Canario
Dedication: Premiere: 5.3.1958 War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California - Dirigent: Enrique Jordá - Andrés Segovia, Gitarre - San Francisco Symphony
Instrumentation: Guitar and Orchestra

Music for Guitar 19 pieces for Guitar Solo by Joaquín Rodrigo
$19.50 - Book 49012167
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Series: Edition Schott - Introduction by Christopher Parkening, 94 pages, Standard notation only.

1. Zarabanda Lejana (1926)
2. Tres Pequeñas Piezas (1963)
     Ya se van los pastores
     Por caminos deSantiago
     Pequeña Sevillana
3. Tres piezas españolas (1963)
4. Pastoral (1965)
5. Sonata a la  Española (1969)
     I. Allegro assai
     II. Adagio
     III. Allegro Moderato, Tiempo de Bolero
6. Dos Preludios (1977)
     I. Adagio
     II. Allegro
7. Un tiempo fue Italica famosa (1980)
8. Triptico (1985)
9. Dos Pequeñas Fantasias (1987)
     Que bien caminito!
     Ecos de Sefarad

Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo
$22.50 - Study Score - 49009690
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Instrumentation: Guitar and Orchestra. Series: Edition Schott - preface: Norbert Henning - 100 Pages - Small format - Soft-cover binding. Standard notation only. Duration: 20 minutes.

I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Allegro gentile

Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez: The 1947 premiere recording by Regino Sainz de la Maza.
$9.75 - Compact Disc CHR004
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Chanterelle Historical Recordings are proud to re-issue the premiere recording of this wonderful composition for guitar and orchestra. This concerto was composed in 1938, a time of considerable upheaval in Spain. It was premiered in Barcelona in 1940, but was not recorded until 1947 or 1948 (the exact date is not clear). It is this premiere recording originally issued by Columbia on three 78s in Spain in the late 1940s that has been re-mastered for the present CD. Regino Sainz de la Maza plays the guitar with the Orchestra Nacional de España, conducted by Ataulfo Argenta. The CD liner notes provide an interesting historical background for the work.

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