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Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre

Joaquín Rodrigo
B. Nov. 22, 1901, Sagunto, Spain
D. July 6, 1999, Madrid, Spain

Joaquín Rodrigo was born into a prosperous but not particularly musical family in the Spanish town of Sagunto. When he was three, his sight was severely damaged by diphtheria; a year later he underwent an operation that left him entirely blind. From this point, he took solace in music, first merely as a listener, then as a self-taught pianist. His parents, aware of his budding talent, found real teachers for him, among them Eduardo López Chavarri, who instilled in Rodrigo a love of Spanish folk music, as well as giving him the rudiments of harmony and composition. READ MORE

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