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
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 176-200 of 274 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W703429||10-in.||October 1930||Juego de amor : Vals lento||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W703448||10-in.||October 1930||Cortesana : Vals||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W703449||10-in.||October 1930||Decepción : Vals||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W703460||10-in.||approximately November 1930||El capulí : San Juan||Orquesta Madriguera [Notas Magicas]||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703461||10-in.||approximately November 1930||Tito : Pasodoble flamenco||Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas ; Adolfo Utrera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703473||10-in.||January 1931||Tu eres para mí : Vals||Los Embajadores||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W703474||10-in.||January 1931||El vals de la reina : Vals||Los Embajadores||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704004||10-in.||March 1931||Siboney||Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet||leader|
|Columbia||W704009||10-in.||March 1931||No vaya a popa : Fox trot canción||Guty Cárdenas ; Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704024||10-in.||April 1931||Adiós linda morena : Rumba fox trot||Guty Cárdenas ; Enrique Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W704072||10-in.||July 1931||El berlingonero : Danzón||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||leader|
|Columbia||W704073||10-in.||July 1931||Se soltó el loco : Danzón||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704084||10-in.||July 1931||Sueños de amor||Enric Madriguera ; Nilo Menéndez||Violin solo, with piano||instrumentalist, violin|
|Columbia||W704090||10-in.||August 1931||Penas mías : San Juan||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704092||10-in.||August 1931||Noche de lágrimas : Habanera||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704094||10-in.||September 1931||Mabuhay! : Fox trot||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704095||10-in.||September 1931||Guayaquil : One-step||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704118||10-in.||October 1931||Horas así (Cerca de tí)||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Adolfo Utrera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704119||10-in.||October 1931||Ruindad : Blues||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704120||10-in.||October 1931||Ostentación : Blues||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704121||10-in.||October 1931||Evocación : Blues||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704122||10-in.||October 1931||Visión de estío : Blues||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704123||10-in.||October 1931||Discúlpame : Fox trot||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704129||10-in.||November 1931||Desesperación : Yaraví||Quinteto Madriguera||Jazz/dance quintet||leader|
|Columbia||W704130||10-in.||November 1931||Paraguay : Fox trot||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Madriguera, Enric," accessed May 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.
Madriguera, Enric. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106371.
"Madriguera, Enric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.
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LCNAR: Madriguera, Enric - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n91085763
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MusicBrainz: Enric Madriguera - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/4eaaa457-b736-4315-8e3d-34cb674bb900
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