Image Source: Wikipedia

Alberto Villalón Morales

Alberto Villalón Morales (Santiago de Cuba, 7 June 1882 – Havana, 16 July 1955) was one of the greatest musicians in the Cuban trova style.

He was the only one of the 'four greats' of the trova to come from a well-to-do family. Villalón and his sister América studied guitar with Pepe Sánchez, the father of the trova movement. Later, he studied classical guitar to achieve a really excellent technique. He composed his first canciones and boleros at fourteen, and moved to Havana in 1900. In 1907 he recorded on Edison cylinders. In 1908 he formed the Cuarteto Villalón with Adolfo Colombo (tenor), Claudio García (baritone), Emilio Reinoso (mandolin), and Alberto Villalón (guitar). Colombo and García were regular members of the Teatro Alhambra company; Colombo was the most recorded singer of the age.

A difference between Villalón and the other early trovadors was in his guitar technique. With his training he preferred picking (punteado) instead of strumming (rasgueado), which had been the main technique previously. This gave him a wider range of harmonic possibilities and a characteristic style. He had a second career in 1927 when he became a founding member of the Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro. Alberto brought into the septet Juan de la Cruz and Benvenido León, who had been playing with him in a trio. The addition of the first really great sonero, Abelardo Barroso (1905 – 1972), made the Nacional the best group in Cuba for its time.

Villalón's career, then, connected the world of trova with the world of son which became central to Cuba's popular music for the rest of the century.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 7th, 1882 (Santiago de Cuba), Died July 16th, 1955

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 201-225 of 244 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W96634 10-in. July 1928 ¡Ay! Mamá Inés Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96635 10-in. July 1928 Ay, guarina Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96638 10-in. July 1928 No te preocupes del mundo Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96639 10-in. July 1928 Siboney Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96640 10-in. July 1928 Canta pajarito Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96641 10-in. July 1928 Sierra morena Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96642 10-in. August 1928 Adolorido Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96644 10-in. August 1928 Oye mi dulce tres Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W96666 10-in. July 1928 ¡Pepillito!... Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11398-11400 10-in. 9/24/1923 Juramento sagrado Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11401-11403 10-in. 9/24/1923 Pesares y alegria Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11404-11405 10-in. 9/24/1923 Querete simpre Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11406-11407 10-in. 9/24/1923 Rita Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11408-11409 10-in. 9/24/1923 Esperanza Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11410-11411 10-in. 9/24/1923 Punto carretero Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11412-11413 10-in. 9/25/1923 March carbali Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11414-11415 10-in. 9/25/1923 El esclavo Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11416-11417 10-in. 9/25/1923 Tus lindos ojos Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11418-11419 10-in. 9/25/1923 Pensamiento Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11420-11421 10-in. 9/25/1923 Amparo Villalon Trio Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11422-11423 10-in. 9/25/1923 Eso es un cuento Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11442-11444 10-in. 9/26/1923 Camaron apaga la luz Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11445-11446 10-in. 9/26/1923 Al son de la Loma Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11447-11448 10-in. 9/26/1923 Si viene la China me voy Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick 11449-11450 10-in. 9/26/1923 Amor immenso Villalon Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 201-225 of 244 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Villalón Morales, Alberto," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113130.

Villalón Morales, Alberto. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113130.

"Villalón Morales, Alberto." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113130

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.