Joaquin Rodrigo


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Joaquín Rodrigo
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BirthplaceSagunto, Valencia, Spain
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NationalitySpanish

Rodrigo, Joaquín,

1902–99, Spanish composer, b. Sagunto, Valencia. He lost his sight as a child and wrote his music in Braille. After his musical talent was recognized, Rodrigo studied in Paris with Paul DukasDukas, Paul
, 1865–1935, French composer and critic. He was influenced by both the romanticism of Wagner and the impressionism of Debussy. His compositions are few, the best known being a symphonic poem, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897), and an opera,
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. He returned to Spain in 1939 and became famous for his Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra (1940), one of his many concertos designed for that pairing. His works for multiple guitars include Concierto Madrigal (1968) and Concierto Andaluz (1977). Rodrigo also wrote pieces for piano and for orchestra as well as concertos for flute, violin, and cello. The majority of his large body of music has a specifically Spanish flavor and is imbued with a serenely melodic style.
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Julian has premiered more than fifty works for cello and has inspired new compositions from composers as diverse as Joaquin Rodrigo and Malcolm Arnold to Philip Glass and Eric Whitacre, whose most recent work Julian premiered in 2011.
So for the wrap-up of its 28th season, SPM music director and conductor Mark Churchill, perhaps unwisely, chose music by Juan Ariaga, Joaquin Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla.
She covers both major and minor composers, beginning with those born from 1775 to 1800 up to those born since 1875, from Manuel del Poulo Garcia to Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo.
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The Spanish-themed program includes "Five Miniatures" by Joaquin Turina, "Adagio para Orquestra de Instrumentos de Viento" by Joaquin Rodrigo and "Sinfonietta Flamenca" by Carlos Surinach.
With her latest CD, Isbin tackles the great Latin guitar concertos of Joaquin Rodrigo, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Manuel Ponce.
He has been a member of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln Center and the Conservatorio Joaquin Rodrigo Orchestra, touring Spain and the Philippines.
One of the less sung centenaries this year is the birth of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, born, like Britten, on St Cecilia's day.
Even factoring in the cultural divide between Mitteleuropa and the New World, an eighteen year old who can play jazz, Ray Charles, and Joaquin Rodrigo like a virtuoso, improvise in iambic pentameter, and reference Mann, Proust, and Schopenhauer off the top of his head is too arch by half.
At her concert appearance with the Mozart Players, Isbin will perform works by the late Joaquin Rodrigo, a friend for 20 years.
What is casually referred to as "Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto" is in fact generally taken to mean the middle, slow movement of the sonorously-named Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, written in 1939, premiered in 1940, and the source of instant success for its composer.