Enric Madriguera

Enric R. Madriguera (Barcelona, 17 February 1904 – 7 September 1973) was a violinist of Catalan origin who was playing concerts as a child before he studied at the Barcelona Conservatory. (The Castilian form of his name is Enrique, which he sometimes used on records.) Whilst still in his twenties he was lead violinist at Boston's and Symphony orchestras before becoming the conductor of the Cuban Philharmonic.

In the late 1920s Madriguera played in Ben Selvin's studio orchestra at Columbia Records in New York, and served briefly as that company's director of Latin music recording. In 1932 he began his own orchestra at the Biltmore Hotel, which recorded for Columbia until 1934. His music at this period was mostly Anglo-American dance or foxtrot, frequently jazz-inflected, although he had a modest hit with his rhumba rendition of Carioca (1934).

By the 1930s he was recording Latin American music almost exclusively. (His composition Adios became a national hit in 1931.) On his radio appearances, the band was billed as "Enric Madriguera and His Music of the Americas," and Adios was its theme song. It was said that the ambassadors from all the South American countries declared Madriguera to be the "Ambassador of Music to all the Americas". Madriguera appeared in a number of "musical shorts" including "Enric Madriguera and his Orchestra" (1946) where he performed a number of songs including the orchestra for his vocalist-wife Patricia Gilmore. A review of one of his appearances recorded how he "reflected the warmth of our neighbors to the south".

He died in retirement in Danbury, Connecticut. His sister was pianist Paquita Madriguera, the second wife of Andres Segovia.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 17th, 1904 (Barcelona), Died Danbury

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, director, violin, composer, arranger, songwriter, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-71974 10-in. 3/17/1932 Adiós Havana Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-73323 10-in. 8/25/1932 Forbidden love Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-84763 10-in. 10/25/1934 You and the night and the music Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-84764 10-in. 10/25/1934 Maria Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-84765 10-in. 10/25/1934 When you love only one Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Adelaide Moffett Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-84766 10-in. 10/25/1934 If there's someone lovelier than you Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-86262 10-in. 11/26/1934 Blow, Gabriel, blow Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-86263 10-in. 11/26/1934 The phantom of the rhumba Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-86264 10-in. 11/26/1934 A little angel told me so Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-86265 10-in. 11/26/1934 Where there's smoke—there's fire Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-86266 10-in. 11/26/1934 Bal Tabarin Hotel Weylin Orchestra ; Enric Madriguera Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-89341 10-in. 3/18/1935 Le chaland qui passe Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-89342 10-in. 3/18/1935 She's a Latin from Manhattan Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-89343 10-in. 3/18/1935 The little things you used to do Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-89344 10-in. 3/18/1935 Amorita Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, director  
Victor BS-91057 10-in. 5/22/1935 Love song of Tahiti Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio director  
Victor BS-91058 10-in. 5/22/1935 Star gazing Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-91059 10-in. 5/22/1935 Ev'ry single little tingle of my heart Helen Dell ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-91060 10-in. 5/22/1935 The gaucho Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-91061 10-in. 5/22/1935 Chasing shadows Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-91062 10-in. 5/22/1935 When a Gypsy makes his violin cry Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet director, vocalist  
Victor BS-92769 10-in. 7/26/1935 I wish I were Aladdin Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-92770 10-in. 7/26/1935 Takes two to make a bargain Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-92771 10-in. 7/26/1935 A little door, a little lock, a little key Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-92772 10-in. 7/26/1935 So nice seeing you again Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 136 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Madriguera, Enric," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.

Madriguera, Enric. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.

"Madriguera, Enric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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