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 September 7th, 1973 (Danbury)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1942

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

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 152 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-062785 10-in. 3/28/1941 Negra soy Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-062786 10-in. 3/28/1941 Se fue la cumparsa Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tito Rodríguez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-062787 10-in. 3/28/1941 Moon in the sea Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter, leader  
Victor BS-064474 10-in. 6/25/1941 Adios Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-066957 10-in. 7/17/1941 Carioca Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-066958 10-in. 7/17/1941 Ay-ay-ay Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-066959 10-in. 7/17/1941 Heat wave Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-066960 10-in. 7/17/1941 Song of India Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-067917 10-in. 9/19/1941 A week-end in Havana Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-067918 10-in. 9/19/1941 Concerto in B flat : Bolero Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-067919 10-in. 9/19/1941 The nango Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-067920 10-in. 9/19/1941 The Cuban yodeler Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, director, composer  
Victor BS-071407 10-in. 9/26/1941 A million times a day Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-071408 10-in. 9/26/1941 Voodoo moon Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tito Rodríguez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-071409 10-in. 9/26/1941 Russo conga Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, violin, arranger, director  
Victor BS-071410 10-in. 9/26/1941 Brazil Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-071411 10-in. 9/26/1941 No! No! No! Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-071412 10-in. 9/26/1941 Garden walls Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor BS-073730 10-in. 3/20/1942 Full moon Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-073731 10-in. 3/20/1942 If you are but a dream Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-073732 10-in. 3/20/1942 Tumbando cana Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Manuel Fernandez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-073733 10-in. 3/20/1942 Do the Dubonnet Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Patricia Gilmore Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Columbia W151447 10-in. 3/20/1931 Siboney Enrique Madriguera and his Rumba Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W151448 10-in. 3/20/1931 Adiós Enrique Madriguera and his Rumba Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Columbia W152175 10-in. 5/2/1932 Let's have another cup o' coffee Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
(Results 51-75 of 152 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Madriguera, Enric," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.

Madriguera, Enric. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.

"Madriguera, Enric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371

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