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La Catedral Preludio



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Composer Agustin Pio Barrios Mangore was born in May 5, 1885, in the small town of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones (Paraguay), into a large family which esteemed both music and literature. He began to play the guitar at a very early age. By the age of 13 he was recognized as a prodigy and given a scholarship to the Colegio Nacional de Asuncion, where, in addition to music, he distinguished himself in mathematics, journalism and literature. Barrios was quoted as having said: "One cannot become a guitarist if he has not bathed in the fountain of culture". In addition to Spanish he also spoke Guarani, the native tongue of Paraguay. He read French, English and German and was immersed in philosophy, poetry and theosophy. Musically he was a tremendous improviser, and his fantastic creative ability enabled him to compose over 300 works for the guitar! Barrios died in August 7, 1944; leaving a priceless legacy of expressiveness and technical expertise for all lovers of the guitar.

This composition was posted on MacJams during 2008. As time went by I listened more to this music. I began to feel that it was a bit too fast and anxious. I decided that it would be best to slow it down and thus enhance the mysterious and solemn nature of this music. Rather than go into my Logic file I opened up my music software Audacity. It has a good plugin that enables you to slow down or speed up the audio file while preserving the original pitch. I recommend it as a dependable speedy fix for any overall tempo changes you might like to perform.

Special thanks to "thetiler" for turning me on to Barrios Mangore.

Photograph: The historic Saint Louis Cathedral-Basilica
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Parichayaka said 1829 days ago (October 16th, 2014)
What an interesting story and remarkably composition. Thanks for introducing us to this composer. Do I understand correctly that you played this in via midi file and chose the instrumentation for this piece?

In any case, I love the choice of sounds and the tempo is slow enough to appreciate the beauty of the progression and dynamic enough to keep you engaged until the end. In fact I listened to it a few times.
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ramonaji said 1829 days ago (October 16th, 2014)
thank you
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Cori Ander said 1828 days ago (October 17th, 2014)
Just about three hours ago I listened to this piece, solo guitar by John Williams! It is a lovely thing!
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davisamerica said 1828 days ago (October 17th, 2014)
And a beautiful.... Downloaded
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lyzak said 1828 days ago (October 17th, 2014)
La Catedral Preludio
This has been an interesting ten minutes and several listens! I enjoy the piece as I'm hearing it, and am intrigued to learn a piece of the background behind it.
Also, the plugin you mention sounds useful.
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Henke said 1827 days ago (October 18th, 2014)
Really beautiful
Big thanks,
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Dadai.2 said 1826 days ago (October 19th, 2014)
the mysterious...
and solemn. Indeed. Scotty, this is a beautiful piece of music. I never heard of Mangore before - your introduction of his artistry is most satisfying. Thanks...
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PeterB7858 said 1823 days ago (October 22nd, 2014)
La Catedral Preludio
Engaging back story and lovely, fluid music, Scotty. The tempo you have chosen invites reflection in the listener. Thanks, Peter.
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Ultrabeast said 1817 days ago (October 28th, 2014)
Love it when those strings kick in :)
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paul f. page said 1785 days ago (November 29th, 2014)
Music Box...
Almost like a glass music box. You have played this so delicately and with precise attention to the details of the mix. There is a mysterious quality about this music that is thrilling and engaging all at the same time. What a marvelous thing you have done to bring it into the 21st century in such a beautiful manner. I appreciate the care you have taken in rendering this music...And the back story about the composer is enlightening. Thank you for that and for performing this so beautifully.
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