Joaquín Rodrigo was a Spanish composer of the 20th century. He is known for the composition of the Aranjuez Concierto, a staple of the classical guitar repertoire. Born in 1901, Rodrigo fell victim to a diphtheria outbreak when he was three-and-half years old. He was left blind, and after several efforts to regain his vision, he lost his sight entirely in 1948. His impairment became his inspiration, which propelled him to compose more and more music. In collaboration with his dedicated assistant, Rafael Ibáñez, Rodrigo effectively accomplished regular activities and provided someone who could create copies of his published work. However, it was not until a few years back, after he studied with Paul Dukas at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, that he began to take music studies seriously truly.
At that time, he encountered several prominent individuals, but he composed nothing of significant significance for nearly a decade. He spent the years of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) in Paris and Germany, specializing in a younger, more experimental musical form that would become his life's work. One of Rodrigo's work's most notable aspects is his capacity to seamlessly integrate the rhythmic flourishes and pleasure in strumming figurations that are such a powerful feature in Spanish guitar music yet resist the picture-postcard comparisons of his immediate predecessors. Although the most significant occurrence in Rodrigo's personal life was in 1933 when he married Victoria Kamhi, she appeared as his lifelong partner and even took on a wide variety of musical duties. There should be no denying that Victoria helped Rodrigo gain the popularity he did not have when they first met.
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