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Manuel Quiroga Losada

Manuel Quiroga Losada (15 April 1892 – 19 April 1961) was a noted Spanish violinist of the early 20th Century, whose career was cut short by a traffic accident in New York in 1937. He was repeatedly billed by music critics as "the finest successor of Pablo de Sarasate", and he is sometimes referred to as "Sarasate's spiritual heir". Enrique Granados, Eugène Ysaÿe (whose sixth Solo Sonata is dedicated to Quiroga) and other composers dedicated compositions to him. The greatest violinists of the time – Ysaÿe, Fritz Kreisler, George Enescu, Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifetz – as well as composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Jean Sibelius, held Quiroga's artistry in great regard. Guilhermina Suggia, the Portuguese cellist (and one-time companion of Pablo Casals), described his playing of Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonata as "marvellous and flawless".

Quiroga was also a composer of two violin concertos, sets of variations, studies and smaller violin pieces, and cadenzas to major concertos from the core repertoire. He was the first to extensively use Galician nationalistic folklore as the basis of classical music compositions, and he was also a respected caricaturist and portraitist in oil and charcoal.

Quiroga has not had the ongoing recognition outside his native land that he perhaps deserves. His career was halted prematurely, before he had made a significant body of recordings, and shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Nevertheless, his legacy has been preserved in Galicia, and is being brought back to international attention.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 15th, 1892 (Pontevedra), Died April 19th, 1961 (Pontevedra)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin, composer, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-45056 10-in. 5/23/1928 Segunda guajira Manuel Quiroga Losada Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor BVE-45057 10-in. 5/23/1928 Danza española Manuel Quiroga Losada Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor BVE-45058 10-in. 5/23/1928 Rondalla Manuel Quiroga Losada Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Victor BVE-45059 10-in. 5/23/1928 Canto amoroso Manuel Quiroga Losada Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, composer  
Gramophone 17178u 10-in. 4/18/1912 Miramar Manuel Quiroga Losada Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Gramophone 17283u 10-in. 6/27/1912 Jota navarra Manuel Quiroga Losada Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Quiroga Losada, Manuel," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116881.

Quiroga Losada, Manuel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116881.

"Quiroga Losada, Manuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116881

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