Rafael Obligado

Rafael Obligado (27 January 1851 – 8 March 1920) was an Argentine poet and playwright.

Obligado was the son of María Jacinta Ortiz Urién and Luis Obligado y Saavedra. During the 1880s, he became known as el poeta del Paraná (the poet of Paraná river). He wrote poetry with gaucho themes, but using cultured and educated language. He was heavily influenced by contemporary French poetry, and became well known in Argentina for his poem Santos Vega, an ode to a gaucho-troubadour, a type of composer and performer known in Argentina under the name of payador.

He married Isabel Gómez Langenheim, and in 1896 commissioned a rural residence with a design based on her preference for the works of Sir Walter Scott; the Rafael Obligado Castle, near Ramallo, Buenos Aires, is one of the premier estancias in the Pampas region.

Obligado was one of the founders of the Department of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Buenos Aires, where he served as the Assistant Dean on several occasions; in 1909 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university.

He died in Mendoza, Argentina, in 1920.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 27, 1851 (Buenos Aires), Died March 8, 1920 (Mendoza)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-3589 10-in. 7/20/1906 El negro falucho Eugenio López Recitation author  


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