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 76-100 of 152 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W152176 10-in. 5/2/1932 My extraordinary gal Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal quartet leader  
Columbia W152177 10-in. 5/2/1932 Lovable Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152178 10-in. 5/2/1932 Night Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal quartet leader  
Columbia W152241 10-in. 7/27/1932 Please handle with care Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Mullen Sisters Jazz/dance band, with female vocal quartet leader  
Columbia W152242 10-in. 7/27/1932 If you were only mine Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152299 10-in. Sept. 1932 Forbidden love Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Columbia W152329 10-in. 12/12/1932 The language of love Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152335 10-in. 12/27/1932 At the baby parade Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152336 10-in. 12/27/1932 Now we're on our second honeymoon Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152337 10-in. 12/27/1932 Waltzing in a dream Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152338 10-in. 12/27/1932 It's within your power Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152339 10-in. 12/27/1932 Sweet you Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152340 10-in. 12/27/1932 May I have this waltz with you, madam? Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo composer, leader  
Columbia W152552 10-in. 11/14/1933 We'll make hay while the sun shines Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader  
Columbia W152553 10-in. 11/14/1933 One minute to one Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Santos Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152554 10-in. 11/14/1933 The chimes in the chapel Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152555 10-in. 11/14/1933 After sundown Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Santos Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152556 10-in. 11/14/1933 I raised my hat Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152557 10-in. 11/14/1933 The perfect dream Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Santos Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152695 10-in. 1/24/1934 That's love Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152696 10-in. 1/24/1934 It's an old-fashioned world after all Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152697 10-in. 1/24/1934 Orchids in the moonlight Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W152698 10-in. 1/24/1934 Carioca Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W152699 10-in. 1/24/1934 There goes my heart Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W152700 10-in. 1/24/1934 Lullaby in blue Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
(Results 76-100 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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