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|
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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