Agustin Barrios Mangore

Agustin Barrios Mangore Music Recordings

  • Born
    5th May 1885
  • Died
    7th August 1944
  • Birthplace
    San Juan Bautista de las Misiones, Paraguay

Agustín Pío Barrios (also known as Agustín Barrios Mangoré), was a Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer. Barrios is perhaps best known for his 1921 classical guitar piece, La Catedral, a work inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach, and widely considered to be Barrios' magnum opus. It has been generally accepted that Barrios was born in San Juan Bautista de las Misiones, Paraguay. He spoke Spanish, Guaraní and read English, French and German. He went to Asunción in 1901, at the age of fifteen, to attend a university (Universidad Nacional de Asunción) with a scholarship inmusic, thus becoming one of the youngest university students in Paraguayan history. Apart from his studies in the college's music department, Barrios was also well appreciated by members of the college's mathematics, journalism and literature departments. After leaving college, Barrios dedicated his life to music and writing poems. He composed more than 300 songs for which he would first write the lyrics and then the guitar accompaniment. Barrios was famed for his phenomenal performances, both live and on gramophone recordings. He at times performed in concert in traditional Paraguayan dress (he was partly of Guarani origin), using the pseudonym of Nitsuga Mangoré ('Nitsuga' being Agustín spelled backwards, and 'Mangoré' being the name of acacique of the South American indigenous group Timbú). His works were largely late-Romantic in character, despite his having lived well into the twentieth century. Many of them are also adaptations of, or are influenced by, South American and Central American folk music. Very many of them are of a virtuosic nature. The Johann Sebastian Bach-inspired La Catedral, from 1921, is widely considered to be Barrios' magnum opus, even winning the approval of Andrés Segovia.

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Instruments Guitar
Forms Barcarolle · Piece · Tango · Waltz