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Agustin Pio Barrios Ferreira (1885-1944)

Agustin Pio Barrios Ferreira     The outstanding paraguay guitarist Agustin Pio Barrios Ferreira was born on the 23 of May 1885 in San Huan Bautista de las Missiones (Paraguay).
     He began to play guitar from the early childhood, studied playing technique at school by Gustavo Sosa Escalada. From 1910 A. Barrios given concerts in Argentina, Brasilia, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico and Cuba. At that time appear his first arrangements of paraguay folk melodies and original compositions for the guitar. The important role in improvement of Barrios' mastery in this period played his lessons with the famous spanish guitarist and pedagogue Antonio Khimenos Manion.
     Barrios was the first latin-american guitarist, whom Europe has listened to. 1934 he performed in Brussels, then in Germany and Spain. He had a great success and critics compared his virtuous play with Paganiny. 1936 Barrios returned to South America. From 1939 began his pedagogical activity in the National musical conservatory in San-Salvador (Salvador). With the name of Barrios is connecter the guitar activity of famous composers E. Villa-Lobos (Brasilia) and M. Ponce (Mexico) Barrios' performing mastery influenced another outstanding guitarist of our century - Andres Segovia.
     Most popular in the creation of Barrios are arrangements of folk paraguay melodies determined his attitude as an artist.
     Barrios is known also by the name of Mangore given to him in honour of the national Hero of Paraguay.
     Agustin Barrios died on the 7th of August 1944 in San-Salvador and is buried in the pantheon of South America great people.

 


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