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composition / solos / la catedral

La Catedral by Agustín Barrios Mangoré

Medium: Solo Marimba
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Adapted: 2000 (orig. composed in 1921)
Duration: 6:30
Difficulty: Grade IV-V

Instrumentation:
5-Octave Marimba (originally for guitar)
4-mallet

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Andante Religioso & Allegro Solemne

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La Catedral (Barrios) for Solo Marimba by Nathan Daughtrey
Download full mp3 files: Preludio Saudade | Andante Religioso | Allegro Solemne

Nathan Daughtrey, marimba

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The works of J.S. Bach influenced greatly the music of Barrios. It is said that the composition of his most famous work, La Catedral, was inspired by a visit to the Cathedral of San José in Montevideo. The broad, horizontal chords of the andante represent his impressions of the organist playing Bach chorales in the cathedral. The ensuing allegro symbolizes his leaving the calm, spiritual atmosphere of the cathedral and entering out into the street, where the hustle and bustle of the real world is represented by incessant sixteenth note arpeggio figures.