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En Los Trigales : Work information

Joaquín Rodrigo ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Carlos Bonell (Guitar)

This work

Work name
En Los Trigales
Work number
1938-01-01 02:00:00

This recording

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Peters
Ian Shepherd
Recording date

The Composers

Joaquín Rodrigo

In 1901 Joaquin Rodrigo was born in Sagunto in Spain on the day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music.  When he was three he lost his sight as a result of a diphtheria epidemic.  He began playing music at eight, and at 16 entered the Conservatoire in Valencia to study harmony and composition.  In 1927 he moved to Paris to enroll at the Ecole Normale de Musique, and made friends with musical celebrities such as Honegger and Ravel.  The Spanish civil war prevented Rodrigo and his new wife and collaborator Victoria Kamhi from returning to Spain until 1939, but the following year his Concierto de Arunjez for guitar and orchestra premiered in Barcelona, bringing worldwide fame.

Rodrigo calls his recognisable style 'neocasticismo', a style whose classical forms and traditional tonality mix with original harmonies and old and new Spanish themes.  After his return to Spain Rodrigo composed 11 concertos, more than 60 songs, choral and instrumental works, and music for the theatre and cinema, all bearing the imprint of his optimistic, lively personality.

As well as composing, Rodrigo was active as a critic and academic, holding varied positions including Professor of music history at Madrid University, head of music broadcasting for Spanish radio, and head of the Spanish National Organization for the Blind's artistic division.  He also wrote on a wide range of musical subjects, from 16th century polyphony to Richard Strauss's symphonic poems.  He died in Madrid in 1999, internationally acclaimed and awarded.

Related composers: Honegger, Ravel, Stravinsky, Ponce, Falla

Track listing

  • 3:51 min


En los Trigales (In the Wheatfields)  is one of Rodrigo's most popular solo guitar pieces, and forms part of an ‘imaginary suite’ called Through the Spanish Countryside. The rugged virility of the opening music is followed by a slower recitative section which evokes the sound of distant bells, ‘similar to a rest or respite during the difficult work of harvest.’