Antonio Lauro August 3, — April 18, was a Venezuelan musician, considered to be one of the foremost South American composers for the guitar in the 20th century.
His father Antonio Lauro Ventura, an Italian immigrant, was a barber who could sing and play the guitar so he taught his son what he could, but died when Antonio was still a child. Like many South Americans of his generation, Lauro was a fervent cultural nationalist, determined to rescue and celebrate his nation's musical heritage.
A concert whose programme consisted entirely of such valses venezolanos Venezuelan waltzes by the distinguished Venezuelan pianist Evencio Castellanos — convinced Lauro that the guitar, too, should have comparable pieces in its repertory.
In addition to his guitar pieces, Lauro composed dozens of works for orchestra, choir, piano and voice; many of which remain unpublished.
He occasionally experimented with modern compositional techniques, but most of his guitar music remains essentially on the Calle Real or "main street," an expression used by musicians of Lauro's generation to refer to a straight and direct route, without distracting harmonic detours. Lauro later shrugged off the experience, telling his friends that prison was a normal part of life for the Venezuelan man of his generation. In the following decades Lauro's compositions were published, recorded and performed throughout the world, and his contributions to his nation's musical life were recognized and acknowledged.
In spite of his modest insistence that he was a composer rather than a performer, he was persuaded by his friends to embark upon a solo concert tour, which began in Venezuela and culminated in a triumphant performance at London's Wigmore Hall. The works of Antonio Lauro have long been very popular with guitarists worldwide, yet there have been few recordings devoted exclusively to him.
LAURO: Guitar Music, Vol. 1 - Venezuelan Waltzes
John Williams is quoted as having referred to Antonio Lauro as being the " Strauss of the guitar". Additionally, Lauro's masterpieces have been the core of studies, workshops and Masters in universities all around the World. May 5- La Gatica. June 6- El Marabino.
August 19 8- El Negrito. September 9- Maria Carolina. November Tatiana.
January Natalia. February Carora.
April Angostura. August Ana Cristina.
September Crepuscular. October Ana Florencia. November Nelly. June Pavana: Part I. July Pavana: Part II.
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Lauro's 'Polytonal' style. Sonata Form in theory and practice. Manuscript and printed sources.
Corrections of printing errors. May Antonio Lauro: Biographical Profile. November This publication is out of print. El Marabino.
Vals venezolano no. 4: "Yacambu"
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