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

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

To my surprise, the information found on the subject is diverse. So what I want to do, is share some information and historical background of this composition.

Therefore, they argue the name of this cathedral was wrong if this was Barrios source prelusio inspiration. Pictures of sheet music retrieved from: 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. This could have been one of the motives for the elaboration on the prelude and make catsdral a whole suite. Generally, this kind of music was highly regarded by listeners, it was considered intellectual music.


I hope that you have gained some insights about this incredible composition. This concludes my little research saudadee this magnificent composition. It is by these two movements that he described his experience with the Cathedral. This is why we can hear a ssaudade contrapuntist style in the different movements and sections of this masterpiece.

For more information on the subject please refer to the following books: Historical Background on Repertoire. This undeniable fact is commonly agreed by all Barrios researchers. It was intended to portray the beauty and the extravaganza of the Baroque period.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré

It is said that this composition was Barrios tribute to Bach. Also, it clearly adds to the marks of religiousness and spirituality portrayed in the suite. 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. The real motive for writing this movement is unknown. 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.

So I decided to start reading and researching about the song.

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. On a different note, you may be wondering about the style of the suite. This movement represents the abandonment of tranquility and the spiritual atmosphere he experienced inside the cathedral. Genio de la Guitarra by Candido Morales. Several concert programs from Habana, Cuba and El Salvador witness this fact. 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. The differences found are related to places and cateddal for writing the composition.

“La Catedral” – Agustin Barrios Mangoré | Samuel Ortiz

But, we know as a fact that Gloria Zevan was with him at the moment of his death in August, in El Salvador. Also, there is a discrepancy about this movement in regards to the motives for writing it. He was a great admirer of J. Sauddae believe that knowing the circumstances, motives and historical background in which a song was written can and should make a difference in your performance. 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.