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On the occasion of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Joaquín Rodrigo’s the death in 2019, we offer a dossier which contains extensive information related to the composer and the present day role of his music worldwide. It includes suggestions for potential commemorative projects, and a detailed description of the work carried out by the Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo Foundation for the promotion of the composer and his wife, as well as for the protection and projection of his music.


The world premiere of La Azucena de Quito

This past July 5th, on the eve of the 20th ANNIVERSARY of the composer's death, the world premiere of "La Azucena de Quito" - an unfinished oratorio by Joaquín Rodrigo with the text of José María Valverde - took place. The performance was given by the Symphony Orchestra of Guayaquil, in Ecuador.
In the words of the orchestra conductor, Dante Santiago Anzolini: "The world premiere was a great success, applauded by an audience of 1.250 people. The work has sublime moments, gorgeous instrumentation and astonishing quality. It's a real pity that it was never finished. It would have been an extraordinary opera."

The aria "Despedida de Azucena", which was premiered in Madrid on November 24th, 1962 by Isabel Penagos and is published, served as a closure for the performance of this incomplete cantata.

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On July 6th, 2019, the world commemorates the universal composer, Joaquín Rodrigo

On July 6th, 1999, Joaquín Rodrigo passed away in Madrid, at home and surrounded by his family.

On July 21st, 1997, his wife Victoria Kamhi passed away. Following their wishes, both are buried at the cemetery of Aranjuez, under a mausoleum sculpted by Pablo Serrano. On July 6th, 2019, the world commemorates the universal composer, Joaquín Rodrigo.

“I believe that what outlives us is that which is superior. For those of us who dedicate ourselves to creating, it would be especially bitter, especially saddening, to admit that everything ends at death.”  Joaquín Rodrigo


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