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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. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales.


Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral.

But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. Also, as mentioned before, his woman at the time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song.

Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar

It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in datedral suite. 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.

Sauudade April 16, at 8: Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral.

Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration. It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact. Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No.

The story said that he catedrxl able to hear the bells of the church from his hotel room and that was his inspiration for the composition.


So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts? Historical Background on Repertoire. So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole catedeal.

It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral.

Mangoré – La Catedral I. Preludio Saudade sheet music for Guitar –

So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece. 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. This undeniable fact is commonly 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. Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. We could mention that half way in the 20 th century it was a common trend in Europe to write music with 3 movements.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré

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. To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse. 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.