Invocation et Danse
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Joaquin Rodrigo was born in Sagunto (Valencia) on St. Cecilia`s Day, the patron saint of music, November 22nd, 1901. At the age of three he lost his sight almost completely as a result of an epidemic of diptheria. He studied music at the conservatory in Valencia, and in 1927, following the example of his predecessors Albeniz, Granados, Falla and Turina, Rodrigo moved to Paris to enroll at the Ecole Normale de Musique, where he studied for five years with Paul Dukas. Rodrigo quickly became known as both a pianist and a composer, and became friendly with Falla, Honegger, Milhaud, Ravel, and many other musical celebrities of the time. It was in Paris that Rodrigo composed the "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra which has brought him world-wide fame. Rodrigo has composed many works for guitar, orchestra, piano, and voice including concertos for various instruments, more than sixty songs, choral and instrumental works, and music for the stage and cinema. In Rodrigo`s music originality of musical inspiration goes hand in hand with a devotion to the fundamental values of the rich tradition of Spanish music. In the composer`s own words: "Often, composing music, I have had the sense that everything that is beautiful - and the soul is this - is certain to remain."