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JOAQUÍN RODRIGO. COLEGIO APÓSTOL SANTIAGO ARANJUEZ. Joaquín Rodrigo was born in Sagunto (Valencia) on 22nd November 1901. When he was three years old he lost his sight due to the diphtheria.

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JOAQUÍN RODRIGO

COLEGIO APÓSTOL SANTIAGO

ARANJUEZ

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Joaquín Rodrigo wasborn in Sagunto (Valencia) on 22nd November 1901.

  • When he was three years old he lost his sight due to the diphtheria.
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In 1906 Joaquín Rodrigo and his family moved to Valencia where he started his studies of musical theory, piano and violin at the age of eight.

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His first composition dates from 1923, and in 1924 his first work for orchestra, Juglares, was awarded in Valencia and Madrid.

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In 1927 he moved to Paris (like Albéniz, Falla, Granados and Turina had done some time ago ) and studied composition at the EcoleNormale de Musique with Paul Dukas for five years.

  • Joaquín Rodrigo met Manuel de Falla in Paris and the Turkish pianist Victoria Kamhi (a qualified teacher from the Paris Conservatoire).
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In 1934 he won First Prize of Circulo de BellasArtes in Valencia. From 1936 to 1938   Rodrigo family lived in Paris, Salzburg and Freiburg.

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On 9th November 1940, took place   the first performance of“Concierto de Aranjuez”

  • in Barcelona.      
  • On 27th January 1941 his daughter, Cecilia, was born.
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Many prizes and acknowledgements were given to Joaquín Rodrigo:

  • Head of Music broadcasts for Radio Nacional de España.
  • Head of the Artistic Section of the Spanish National Organization for the Blind (ONCE).
  • Awardedbythe Encomienda de Alfonso X el Sabio.
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Honorary Doctorate at the university of Salamanca

Gold Medal and Honorary Doctorate at the University of Madrid

Gold Medal MéritoArtístico, from the City of Madrid

Honorary Doctorate, University of Alicante

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Honorary Doctorate

  • at Exeter University and many others…
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And on 22nd April 1970  his grand-daughter, Patricia Sofia, was born.

  • On 2nd October 1996 his first great grandchild, Santiago, was born .
  • On 31st January 1999, his second grandchild, Cecilia , was born.
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Joaquín Rodrigo was raised to the nobility by H M Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, with the hereditary title “Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez”.

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On 6thJuly 1999 Joaquín Rodrigo died in Madrid. He was buried in the family vault in the cemetery of Aranjuez.

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POR CORTESÍA DE LA FUNDACIÓN VICTORIA Y JOAQUÍN RODRIGO

COURTESY OF VICTORIA AND JOAQUIN RODRIGO FOUNDATION

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