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 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

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= 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  
(Results 101-125 of 273 records)

Citation

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

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