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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born February 17, 1904 (Barcelona), Died September 7, 1973 (Danbury)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, director, violin, composer, arranger, songwriter, vocalist
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 251-274 of 274 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E29781||10-in.||5/7/1929||Sandia calada||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29909||10-in.||5/15/1929||No te engañes corazon||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29910||10-in.||5/15/1929||No te engañes corazon||Genaro Veiga||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29911||10-in.||5/15/1929||Hay que entrar||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29912||10-in.||5/15/1929||La muchacha del circo||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29913||10-in.||5/15/1929||Se va la lancha||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29914||10-in.||5/15/1929||Se va la lancha||Pilar Arcos||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E29915||10-in.||5/15/1929||La muchacha del circo||Pilar Arcos ; Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera ; Genaro Veiga||Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E30114||10-in.||6/19/1929||Campanilla de la iglesia||Genaro Veiga||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E30115||10-in.||6/19/1929||Siempre||Genaro Veiga||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E30116||10-in.||6/19/1929||T.B.C.||Genaro Veiga||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E30117||10-in.||6/19/1929||Mientras Ilora el tango||Genaro Veiga||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E30118||10-in.||6/19/1929||Bandoneón||Genaro Veiga||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E32819||10-in.||5/23/1930||Para que me voy a lamentar||Pilar Arcos ; Los Castilians||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E1794-E1796||10-in.||11/21/1925||Todo por ti||Alonzo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||E2550-E2552||10-in.||2/25/1926||Negra mala||Alonzo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||E2926-E2928||10-in.||4/27/1926||El sacristan||Alonzo Orquesta||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, violin|
|Brunswick||E2929-E2931||10-in.||4/27/1926||Una más||Alonzo Orquesta||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, violin|
|Brunswick||961W-963W||10-in.||6/27/1925||Rayando el sol||Alonzo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||964W-966W||10-in.||6/27/1925||Marina||Alonzo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||1316W-1318W||10-in.||9/9/1925||Ella||Alonzo Orquesta||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||1319W-1321W||10-in.||9/9/1925||Es un golfo||Alonzo Orquesta||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||1390W-1392W||10-in.||9/23/1925||Oh, Julián!||Alonzo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||1398W-1399W||10-in.||9/23/1925||Nubes de humo (Fume, compadre!)||Alonzo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Madriguera, Enric," accessed May 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.
Madriguera, Enric. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.
"Madriguera, Enric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.
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LCNAR: Madriguera, Enric - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n91085763
Wikidata: Enric Madriguera - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q447599
MusicBrainz: Enric Madriguera - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/4eaaa457-b736-4315-8e3d-34cb674bb900
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