Antonio Lauro (Venezuela,
Lauro was born on August 3rd, 1917 in Ciudad Bolívar,
His father, Antonio Lauro, was an Italian barber and musician
from Pizzo Calabro.
He made his musical studies in Caracas in the “Academia
de Música y Declamación” with Vicente
Emilio Sojo, Juan Bautista Plaza and Salvador Llamozas.
He studied guitar under the guidance of Raúl Borges.
Among the disciples of Borges there were several prominent
guitarists like Alirio Díaz, Flaminia De Sola, and
Manuel Enrique Pérez Díaz.
Antonio Lauro got the degree of “Master in Composition”
Almost all the musical production by Antonio Lauro is written
for guitar. Lauro is hailed as one of the most significant
composers for guitar during the twentieth century. The “Suite
Venezolana” and the “Sonata” for guitar,
along with two concertos for Guitar and Orchestra, and many
Venezuelan waltzes are some of the remarkable guitar compositions
written by Antonio Lauro.
He was the director of the “Raúl Borges”
guitar trio. Along with Flaminia De Sola and Antonio Ochoa,
this trio was very successful due to the outstanding guitar
performance as well as the musical arranges for three guitar
made by Antonio Lauro.
Lauro died on the 18th of April, 1986.
“El Marabino” is one of his most popular Venezuelan
waltzes among Venezuelan guitarists and guitar students.
The principal melodic phrase in this composition is based
upon four notes that resemble a characteristic whistling that
the people from Maracaibo, a city in Venezuela, use to call
somebody´s attention. Hence the name “El Marabino”
(from the city of Maracaibo). The four notes of this whistling
are the initial notes of this waltz: “e-a-g-b”.
Classical Guitar Music