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 101-125 of 152 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 W194608 10-in. approximately 1930 Piel roja Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W703042 10-in. December 1929 Sueño chino Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas Jazz/dance band 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 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 W703138 10-in. February 1930 Para que me voy a lamentar Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Columbia W703143 10-in. Feburary 1930 Para qué me voy a lamentar Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, composer  
Columbia W703173 10-in. March 1930 Sólo un dulce recordar Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Columbia W704004 10-in. March 1931 Siboney Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet leader  
Brunswick E29166 10-in. 2/11/1929 Boheme Enric Madriguera ; Orquesta Típica ; Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble arranger, leader  
Brunswick E29167 10-in. 2/11/1929 Arrabal Enric Madriguera ; Orquesta Típica ; Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble arranger, leader  
Brunswick E28961 10-in. 1/7/1929 Esta noche me emborracho Orquesta Típica Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28964 10-in. 1/10/1929 Mi guitarra Enric Madriguera ; Orquesta Típica Jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28996 10-in. 1/21/1929 Mi guitarra Milla Dominguez ; Orquesta Típica Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28997 10-in. 1/21/1929 Loca, loca Milla Dominguez Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E28998 10-in. 1/21/1929 Puñadito de sal Milla Dominguez Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Brunswick E29168 10-in. 2/11/1929 Aquel beso Pilar Arcos Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band arranger  
Brunswick E29419 10-in. 3/11/1929 Alma en pena Orquesta Tipica Argentina de Enrique Madriguera. ; Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
Brunswick E29420 10-in. 3/11/1929 El tisico Orquesta Tipica Argentina de Enrique Madriguera. ; Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader  
(Results 101-125 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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