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
= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 101-125 of 273 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W152713||10-in.||2/13/1934||True||Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W152714||10-in.||2/13/1934||Oh! The pity of it all||Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Helen Ward||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||leader|
|Columbia||W152715||10-in.||2/13/1934||The Spanish in my eyes||Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco ; Helen Ward||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||songwriter, leader|
|Columbia||W152716||10-in.||2/13/1934||I knew you when||Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||HCO3096||10-in.||12/30/1947||Take it away||Xavier Cugat ; Penny Piper ; Xavier Cugat Orchestra||Orchestra, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W194608||10-in.||approximately 1930||Piel roja||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703003||10-in.||November 1929||El chato de manzanilla : Pasodoble||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble||leader|
|Columbia||W703004||10-in.||November 1929||Cielo de Honolulu : Fox blues||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W703031||10-in.||November 1929||Agua mansa : Tango milonga||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703032||10-in.||November 1929||Magolina : Tango||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703042||10-in.||December 1929||Sueño chino||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703043||10-in.||December 1929||Ramoncito : Fox trot||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W703044||10-in.||December 1929||Armando la ruleta te hace mal||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||leader|
|Columbia||W703045||10-in.||December 1929||Trolín : Fox trot||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703046||10-in.||December 1929||Brisas de oriente : Blues||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703056||10-in.||December 1929||Noche de plata||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703057||10-in.||December 1929||Serpentina||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703058||10-in.||December 1929||Sur la butte||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703063||10-in.||December 1929||La caravana||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703066||10-in.||December 1929||Viniste del cielo : Fox trot||Pinocho y sus Botones||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703067||10-in.||December 1929||Poquito a poco : Fox trot||Pinocho y sus Botones||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703079||10-in.||January 1930||Raja del barrio : Tango||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703081||10-in.||January 1930||Abuelito : Tango||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703110||10-in.||January 1930||El cielo se llena de luz||Pinocho y sus Botones||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703112||10-in.||January 1930||Amor, eres tú y solo tú||Pinocho y sus Botones||Jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Madriguera, Enric," accessed March 21, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.
Madriguera, Enric. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 21, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.
"Madriguera, Enric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 21 March 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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