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The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. I believe that knowing the circumstances, motives and historical background in which a song was written can and should cztedral a difference in your performance.

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.

Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite. This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition.

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.

Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts?


This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the catedrap. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact.

So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral.


We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to write music with 3 movements. Historical Background on Repertoire. 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. 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. For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. He was a great admirer of J. Amir April 16, at 8: There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece.

So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite.

The real motive for writing this movement is unknown. Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we saudadf agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition.

One of the main differences that we find in the account is in regards to which cathedral he used as an inspiration for the composition. Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. 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. Also, as mentioned before, his woman at the time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song.

Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it.


This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. This is information I retrieved from interviews, written documents and blogs from some of caterral most dedicated professors, performers and historians on the music of Agustin Barrios.

saudave 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. It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach.

Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar

On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite. Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work.

Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music. But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. 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.

This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers. It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period.