Agustin Pio Barrios Mangore was born in May 5, 1885, in the small town of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones (Paraguay), into a large family which esteemed both music and literature. He began to play the guitar at a very early age. By the age of 13 he was recognized as a prodigy and given a scholarship to the Colegio Nacional de Asuncion, where, in addition to music, he distinguished himself in mathematics, journalism and literature. Barrios was quoted as having said: "One cannot become a guitarist if he has not bathed in the fountain of culture". In addition to Spanish he also spoke Guarani, the native tongue of Paraguay. He read French, English and German and was immersed in philosophy, poetry and theosophy. Musically he was a tremendous improviser, and his fantastic creative ability enabled him to compose over 300 works for the guitar! Barrios died in August 7, 1944; leaving a priceless legacy of expressiveness and technical expertise for all lovers of the guitar.
released December 3, 2012
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