Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Today we commemorate 57 years of the death of Pedro Elías Gutiérrez

On this day died in Macuto, Pedro Elias Gutierrez, who was for many years director of the Banda Marcial de Caracas and who is known for bringing music to our second National Anthem the Alma Llanera. As a composer, he cultivated the genre of operetta and waltz, but his musical scope is wide, is known historically as a great band director and a virtuoso of the bass.

He began his musical studies at the age of 15 years in the Music Academy of the National Institute of Fine Arts. Began operating in the Federal District Banda Marcial as bassist in 1901 where he became director (1909-1946), the band performed for countless transcriptions and adaptations.

A zarzuela composed of many that gave him worldwide fame through one of its components: Alma Llanera joropo the eponymous operetta in one act and three scenes, which opened in Caracas on September 10, 1914 written by Rafael Bolívar Coronado. This joropo became a true symbol of a Venezuelan, a second national anthem.

El Alma Llanera is a special piece, not only by the emotional content that makes it able to wring tears on any Venezuelans who listens to far from their homeland but also to unite 2 countries, as well as heard in the Venezuelan plains and in the Colombian , making me feel proud to be prairie field men of both countries.

Then enjoy some of the most popular versions of this beautiful Venezuelan joropo.

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