Manuel Areu Project in Argentina

It is common for orchestral musicians to write in the parts; usually indications for performance, changes in articulations, and important observations like, for example, how many times the musician  needs to repeat certain passage. But sometimes it is possible to find critical comments about the written parts or even complains about the copyist.

Those notes are a very valuable source of information in our research. In the trombone part of the zarzuela “Cuatro en Uno” one of the original works by Manuel Areu, there is a date, place and name: Buenos Aires, República Argentina, Agosto 25, 1889. And the name of the player: Manuel Nava.

Dr. Celia López-Chávez and prof. Javier Lorenzo are looking for evidence of this performance and possible reviews in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March of 2017 they were at the National Library in the capital of Argentina surveying newspapers of year 1889 at the newspaper library.

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Javier Lorenzo – Transcription and Edition of Musical Scores of the Manuel Areu Collection

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room

Join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with Dr. Javier Lorenzo, a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar.  Committed to the promotion of Latin American music, Lorenzo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Continue reading “Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Javier Lorenzo – Transcription and Edition of Musical Scores of the Manuel Areu Collection”

Musical Resurrection: Honors College Revive Classical Masterpieces

By Audrin Baghaie

After a laborious three-year endeavor, the UNM Honors College, along with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and National Hispanic Cultural Center, have resurrected the works of late composer Manuel Areu and performed them live for the first time ever this past Sunday.

A crowd gathers at the reception opening.

Violinist, composer, actor and entrepreneur Manuel Areu (1845-1942) died after living a life of academia and aestheticism. Despite his transatlantic ventures, Areu’s life’s work of priceless musical compositions and playbills were left to decay in cedar trunks left in rural Arizona. Continue reading “Musical Resurrection: Honors College Revive Classical Masterpieces”

¡Zarzuelas! Rediscovered Romance

The New Mexico Philharmonic, in collaboration with the UNM Honors College and in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the City of Albuquerque, the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, and Chatter, hosted the The New Mexico Philharmonic Music & Arts Festival.   The focus  of the month long  festival in April was Turn of the Twentieth: The Music & Times of Manuel Areu.

Unheard for more than a century, rediscovered Spanish operettas or
“Zarzuelas” by late 19th and early 20th century composer Manuel Areu were performed by NMPhil and conducted by Areu expert and Argentinian native Dr. Javier Lorenzo. Take time to meet the concert and festival team below.

The Concert Team

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