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.
Dr. Celia Lopez-Chavez presented the Manuel Areu Project at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, on April 5, 2017. The title of her talk was “Spanish Music Lost and Found: The Legacy of Manuel Areu (1845-1942).
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.
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.