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Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales.

We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to baarrios music with 3 movements. 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. This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz

There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. Amir April 16, at 8: 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.

It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration.


So what I want to do, cztedral share some information and historical background of this composition. This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. 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.

Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: 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. 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.

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

This could have been one of the allergo for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite. The story said that he was able to hear the bells of the church from his hotel room and bareios was his inspiration for the 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. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact.


I believe that knowing the circumstances, motives and historical background in which a song was written can and should make a difference in your performance. But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador.

So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. The real motive for writing this movement is unknown. One of the main differences that we find in the account is in regards to a,legro cathedral he used caetdral an inspiration for the composition.

I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. This concludes my little research of this magnificent composition. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music.

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.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré

It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral.

It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. He was a great admirer of J.