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 201-225 of 274 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W704131||10-in.||November 1931||Al Uruguay : Fox trot||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704132||10-in.||November 1931||Lola : Fox trot||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704134||10-in.||November 1931||Siendo triste vivo alegre : San Juan||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704142||10-in.||November 1931||Horas de ilusión : Vals||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704143||10-in.||November 1931||Tuyo es mi corazón : Vals||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704146||10-in.||November 1931||El sacrificio de las hijas del sol : Fox trot incaico||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704147||10-in.||November 1931||Danza y runa : Danzoneta cañarí||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704148||10-in.||November 1931||Ingratitud : Pasillo ecuatoriano||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Columbia||W704159||10-in.||February 1932||La jibarita : Bolero capricho||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704160||10-in.||February 1932||Capullito de alelí : Bolero||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704161||10-in.||February 1932||Los tres días : Jaleo||Enric Madriguera and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704164||10-in.||April 1932||Adiós : Rumba fox trot||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W704181||10-in.||July 1932||Mi secreto amor : Vals||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W704182||10-in.||July 1932||Rumba blues : Rumba||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W704187||10-in.||September 1932||Silencio : Bolero||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704188||10-in.||September 1932||Lucerito del alba : Bolero||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Columbia||W704189||10-in.||September 1932||Prohibido amor : Vals||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||leader, composer|
|Columbia||W704190||10-in.||September 1932||Neblina : Vals||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||E28958||10-in.||1/5/1929||Piedad||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E28959||10-in.||1/5/1929||Negrita||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E28960||10-in.||1/5/1929||Arrabalero||Orquesta Tipica de Madriguera||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E28961||10-in.||1/7/1929||Esta noche me emborracho||Orquesta Típica||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||E28962||10-in.||1/7/1929||Arrabalero||Pilar Arcos||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||E28963||10-in.||1/7/1929||Piedad||Pilar Arcos||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Brunswick||E28964||10-in.||1/10/1929||Mi guitarra||Enric Madriguera ; Orquesta Típica||Jazz/dance band||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
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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