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Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make it a whole suite. This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. So far, a pretty straight forward compilation of details; now the question, where are the differences in the accounts?

This is why we can hear a clear contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece. It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. 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.

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

Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. Bach works and he was one of the first guitarists to have performed a whole Lute Suite No. 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. On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite. The story said that he was able to hear the bells of the church from his hotel room and that was his inspiration for the composition.


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.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré

So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact. Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source of inspiration.

This concludes my little research of this magnificent catecral.

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. There are some differences in the facts shared by people about this masterpiece.

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. Also, as mentioned before, his woman at the time had died and he decided to write the prelude as a grief or mourning song.

Many believe that because of these circumstances he decided to write this as a totally separate work.

Regardless of the motivations for writing this movement, I believe we all agree that this prelude just enhanced the beauty of this incredible composition. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite.

But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of saudaed death in August, in El Salvador. Amir April 16, at 8: 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.


So I decided to start reading and researching about the song. 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. It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach.

For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: The real motive for writing this movement is unknown.

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

The differences found are related to places and motives for writing the composition. He was a great admirer of J. Historical Background on Repertoire. The contrasting sections are meant to represent the differences in his experience from the inside and outside of the Cathedral. To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse. 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.

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

It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period. Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it.