Sunday, February 13, 2011

RIP Manuel Esperon

Manuel Esperon composer dies at 99

The musicalizador of more than 500 films, mostly during the Golden Age, he suffered a respiratory arrest.

Posted: 13/02/2011 17:21

Mexico, DF. The Mexican composer Manuel Esperon one of the most important of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, died Sunday at 99-year-old victim of a respiratory arrest.

According to agency staff funenaria Felix Cuevas, the remains of the composer, who died today, 10 minutes after noon, will be veiled in one of its rooms.

The creator of iconic themes such as Amorcito heart , my darling and Ay Jalisco, no give in! , excelled in the art world, thanks to the gift of writing songs that have become anthems that identify people of Mexico, which became hits in the voices of singers like Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante.

Manuel Esperon's talent extended to the big screen musicalizar over 500 films during his career, that during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

Over 947 songs are part of his musical legacy he left immortalized in such films as: For your damn love , My dear old , We the poor , The three Garcia , The Abandoned , Eyes of Youth and Death in love , to name a few titles.

Worked with leading figures such as Alberto Vázquez, María Félix, Antonio Aguilar, Elsa Aguirre, Silvia Pinal, Maria Antonieta Pons, Libertad Lamarque and Irma Dorantes.

In addition to Lola Beltrán, Ernestina Garfias, Antonio Aguilar, Luis Aguilar, Javier Solis, Manuel Capetillo, Demetrio González, Mario Moreno Cantinflas , Germain Valdés Tin Tan , Joaquin Pardavé and Alberto Vazquez, among others.

The composer will have a tribute for his musical contribution to the film industry and the national popular culture during the 26th edition of International Film Festival Guadalajara (FICG26), to be held March 25 to April 1.

Moreover, in his honor, last year unveiled a plaque in the Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City. Esperon is considered the most prolific of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

Manuel Esperon Gonzalez was born in Mexico City on 3 August 1911, the artistic side he inherited from his mother, Raquel Gonzalez Cantu, who was a pianist and belonged to an aristocratic family and their great-grandparents were French, Yucatan and Monterrey.

From an early age showed willingness and talent for music, at age 14 began formally studying piano and music. He learned the piano with a teacher who was very dear to him, Alfredo Carrasco, author of the famous song Goodbye .

Subsequently, Esperon was entered in the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts and then studied at the Escuela Superior de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

His foray into music was as a pianist in silent films, then developed as an arranger and orchestrator of the music that made other authors for the first sound film productions.

Began writing professionally in 1933 for the movie "Woman of the Port." From this work he developed his career as a film composer, created the background music of more than 500 films and about 947 songs.

Manuel Esperon mariachi introduced the film and instructed him to study music, in this way, he could attach the mariachi band for the instrumental arrangements of the films.

Composer was head of the great film idols of the Golden Age, including highlighting Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante. He touched on Pedro Infante find great value in interpretation for the popular song, and though Peter wanted to sing in the manner of Jorge Negrete, managed to convince him to take the style that made him succeed.

A similar case happened with Jorge Negrete, who wanted to play opera, and never imagined singing other songs. In the beginning was hard to convince him to switch to another genre.

In the voice could be heard Negrete Esperon issues as Ay Jalisco no give in! , Cocula , Jalisco These high , Serenata Ochoa , among many others.

Manuel Esperon achieved great recognition in a short time and thus became musical director of nearly 500 films. Parallel was artistic director of several radio stations.

His music is still played by the vernacular singers and mariachi bands, as well as trios bolero and even has arranged for symphony orchestras. He has received numerous awards for his career in Mexico and in U.S. cities like San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

In 1989 he won the National Award for Arts and Crafts and a year later he received the President of Mexico, the National Prize of Arts and Sciences, the highest award that is given to people whose work has influenced decisively the country.

In addition, he is awarded the Silver Goddess PECIME (Mexico's Film Journalists) and the honorable council of the city of Guadalajara given a Diploma and a Gold Medal for 57 years of artistic creation to the State of Jalisco and the city of Guadalajara. He is granted entry into the Hall of Fame, by the COMEDEP.

In 2001, he paid homage at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Historic Center of Mexico City, also received the Trustees Award (Prize of the Council), the Latin Recording Academy (Latin Grammy) in 2004.

ESPERON, Manuel (Manuel Esperon Gonzalez)
Born: 8/3/1911, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 2/13/2011, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Manuel Esperon's westerns - composer actor:
Jesusita en Chihuahua - 1942
Love in Jalisco - 1942
Cuando hable el corazón - 1943
Hands Across the Border - 1944 [soundtrack]
Hasta que perdió Jalisco - 1945
El tigre de Jalisco - 1947
Tres hombres malos - 1949
El siete machos - 1951
My Outlaw Brother - 1951
El enamorado - 1952
The Children of Maria Morales - 1952
Watch Out for Love - 1954
El aguila en ‘El vengador solitario’ - 1954
El rapto - 1954
El 7 leguas - 1955
Los gavilanes - 1956
Pancho López - 1957 [musical director]
Gritenme piedras del campo - 1957
El jinete solitario - 1958
30-30 Carbine - 1958
Ángel del infierno - 1959
El ciclón - 1959
Dicen que soy hombre malo - 1960
Viva la parranda - 1960
Ladrón que roba a ladrón - 1960
Chip on the Shoulder - 1960
Stray Bullet - 1960
Remolino - 1961
Tres balas perdidas - 1961
Mi guitarra y mi caballo - 1961
Juan sin miedo - 1961
Martin Santos el llanero - 1962
The White Horse - 1962
Los cinco halcones - 1962
El centauro del norte - 1962
¡En peligro de muerte! - 1962
Vuelven los cinco halcones - 1962
Juan guerrero - 1963
Vuelve el Norteño - 1964
El halcón solitario - 1964
El último cartucho - 1965
Los tres calaveras - 1965 [also actor]
Alma grande - 1966
Los tres salvajes - 1966
Los cuatro Juanes - 1966
Juan Colorado - 1966
Juan Pistolas - 1966
The Two Rivals - 1966
The Bandits - 1967
A Real Man - 1983

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