Mario Talavera

Mario Talavera Andrade (December 13, 1885 – March 27, 1960) was a Mexican musician, tenor, songwriter and conductor.

Born and raised in Xalapa, Mario Talavera was the son of Francisco and Sebastiana (née Andrade) Talavera. The young Mario grew up with an intense love for music, especially opera and art songs. He also showed an early interest for composition, writing his first piece of music at the age of nine. As a teenager, he moved with his parents to Córdoba, Veracruz, where he completed his basic education.

Talavera then moved to Mexico City and joined the opera company, where he honed his vocal skills and achieved his dream of singing before large audiences opera works as Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, that gave him the musical direction he had long coveted, although his main contribution was as a popular music songwriter rather than as an opera singer.

During the decade of the 1920s, Talavera was part of several ensembles of traditional Mexican music, toured with the Orquesta Típica Presidencial, and organized and led various groups. Some of his most popular tunes include Amar en silencio, Arrullo, Bendita seas, China, El Nopal, Flor de Mayo, Jesusita la Vaquera and Muchachita mía. His most significant work at international level was Gratia Plena, with lyrics by the poet Amado Nervo, which was recorded in 1926 by the famous tenor José Mojica.

In 1945 Talavera became a founding member of the SACM (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México, for its acronym in Spanish) along with Alberto Domínguez, Alfonso Esparza Oteo, Manuel Esperón, Ignacio Fernández Esperón, Agustín Lara and Consuelo Velázquez, among others.

Talavera died in 1960 in Mexico City from advanced arteriosclerosis at the age of 74.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 13th, 1885 (Xalapa), Died March 27th, 1960 (Mexico City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, composer, songwriter, piano

Notes: Appears in Victor trials ledgers as "Falavera"

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 80 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-19636 10-in. 4/30/1917 El enterrador Miguel Lerdo de Tejada ; Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19639 10-in. 4/30/1917 Te amo con toda el alma Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19642 10-in. 4/30/1917 El gondolero Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-19643 12-in. 4/30/1917 El soldado Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-19644 12-in. 4/30/1917 Adelita Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19649 10-in. 5/1/1917 Dicen que no Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19651 10-in. 5/1/1917 El desterrado Ángel R. Esquivel ; Mario Talavera Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19653 10-in. 5/2/1917 Pregúntale a las estrellas Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-19655 12-in. 5/2/1917 Costeñas Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19666 10-in. 5/3/1917 Marchita el alma Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-19668 12-in. 5/2/1917 La pajarera Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19671 10-in. 5/3/1917 Ensueños Ángel R. Esquivel Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor C-19672 12-in. 5/3/1917 Adiós, adiós Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19674 10-in. 5/3/1917 Dicen que no Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19676 10-in. 5/3/1917 Pensando en tí Ángel R. Esquivel ; Mario Talavera Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19677 10-in. 5/4/1917 La rancherita Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19679 10-in. 5/4/1917 Yo ya me voy Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19680 10-in. 5/15/1917 A la orilla de un palmar Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-19680 12-in. 5/4/1917 A la orilla de un palmar Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19681 10-in. 5/4/1917 Para amar sin consuelo Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-19681 12-in. 5/4/1917 Para amar sin consuelo Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19823 10-in. 5/14/1917 Asómate a la ventana Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19824 10-in. 5/14/1917 Ojos tapatíos Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19825 10-in. 5/14/1917 Paloma blanca Ángel R. Esquivel ; Carmen García Cornejo ; Mario Talavera Mixed vocal trio, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-19826 10-in. 5/15/1917 No me mires airada Mario Talavera Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 80 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Talavera, Mario," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109183.

Talavera, Mario. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109183.

"Talavera, Mario." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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