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Rodrigo, Joaquin

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1999 AD
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1901 – Joaquin Rodrigo was born in Sagunto (Valencia) on St. Cecilia’s day, the patron saint of music, 22nd of November. One of the great Spanish composers of the twentieth century. Totally blind since childhood because of an illness, he was the composer of the "Concierto de Aranjuez", the most famous guitar concerto ever written.

1904 – At the age of three he lost his sight almost completely as a result of an epidemic of diphtheria.

1909 – At the age of eight he began his first musical studies: solfeggio, piano and violin.

1917 – At the age of sixteen harmony and composition with teachers from the Conservatory in Valencia: Antich.

1921 – By the age of 20 Rodrigo became an accomplished pianist.

1923 – His first compositions for piano were written and premiered a year later.

1933 – Rodrigo married a young Turkish musician Victoria Kamhi. She became his life-long collaborator and contributor to his creativity until her death.

1939 – Joaquin Rodrigo was responsible for establishing the guitar as a classical concert instrument. He is best known for his three-part ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, the first concert work composed specifically for guitar and symphony orchestra.

1999 – Joaquin Rodrigo died on July 6th, in Madrid, Spain, and was laid to rest next to his wife Victoria in the cemetery at Aranjuez, Spain.

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