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Agapito Marazuela

  • Agapito Mazaruela © EFE

    Agapito Mazaruela © EFE

  

Speciality

Music

 

 

Date of birth

Oct 20, 1891

Date of death

Feb 24, 1983
  


" Musician and folklorist. In addition to being a renowned guitarist and dulzaina player, Agapito Marazuela dedicated his whole life to compiling and cataloguing the musical tradition of Castile."

His full name was Agapito Marazuela Albornos. He was born in Valverde de Majano (Segovia) in 1891. While still very young he began to travel around different areas of Castile with his father, collecting examples of traditional music which was in danger of being lost forever: songs, ballads, wedding music and work songs, and particularly melodies for the dulzaina and drum. At the age of 13 he learned how to play the dulzaina with Ángel Velasco, who revolutionised the instrument by attaching a system of metal keys which enhanced its expressive capacity. In 1920 he moved to Madrid where he discovered his true vocation, the guitar. As a guitarist he played in numerous concert halls throughout Spain and in Paris. He later worked as a teacher and continued with his work collecting folklore and publishing songbooks, books and records. He died in Segovia in 1983. 
 

Awards

Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1983)

Highlighted works

  • Cancionero de Castilla
  • Folclore castellano
  • Segovia viva
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