Check out Agustin Barrios- La Catedral, Iii. Allegro Solemne by David Solis Olson on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on. Check out La catedral: No. 3, Allegro solemne by Carsten Pedersen & Agustín Barrios Mangoré on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s . Recently, I started learning “La Catedral” by Agustin Barrios. Originally, “La Catedral” had only two movements: “Andante Religioso” and “Allegro Solemne”.

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This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. Amir April 16, at 8: I believe that knowing the circumstances, motives and historical background in which a song was written can and should al a difference in your performance. The story said that he was able to catddral the bells of the church from his hotel room and that was his inspiration for the composition.

Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz

Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it. So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts?

It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. 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.


The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. 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.

Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work. To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse. 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. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music. The real motive for writing this movement is unknown.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré

This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition. Historical Background on Repertoire. Also, as mentioned before, his woman at the time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. 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.

This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude catedgal enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition.


It pa intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience solemmne the inside and outside of the Cathedral. So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. This is information I retrieved from interviews, written documents and blogs from some of the most dedicated professors, performers and historians on the music of Agustin Barrios.

Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite. 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.

Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No. We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to write music with 3 movements.

So what I cateddral to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite.

This undeniable fact is caterdal agreed by all Barrios researchers. 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.

He was a great admirer of J. It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral.

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