Joaquín Rodrigo

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Joaquín Rodrigo

Joaquín Rodrigo (Sagunto, 1901 – Madrid, 1999) was an Spanish composer and pianist. Rodrigo was blinded by complications from diphtheria when he was three years old. In 1927, he moved to Paris; there he met Honegger, Milhaud, Ravel and de Falla. He continued his studies of musicology in France at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Sorbonne and also worked in Germany, Austria and Switzerland before returning to Spain in 1939 to settle permanently in Madrid. [1]

In 1933, Rodrigo married Turkish pianist Victoria Kamhi.

Joaquin Rodrigo was responsible for establishing the guitar as a classical concert instrument.[2]

Some works

  • Cántico de la esposa, 1934.
  • Concierto de Aranjuez, 1939 (the most famous guitar concerto ever written).
  • Concierto Heroico para piano y orquesta, ca. 1933 - 1939.
  • Estío, 1943.
  • Cuatro madrigales amatorios, 1948.
  • Fantasia para un gentilhombre, 1954.
  • Concierto Andaluz, 1967.

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