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Event Reveals Secrets, Music of Agustín Lara

By Karla Ortiz

Authors Guadalupe Loaeza and Pável Granados presented Mi novia, la tristeza (My Sweetheart, Sadness), a book based on the life of Agustín Lara, “El Flaco de Oro,” (The Golden Thin) on December 27 at the Miguel Malo Theater at Bellas Artes. Fans of the famous musician attended to learn more about Lara’s life and listen to some of his famous tunes performed by musicians Morganna Love and Mauro Ledesma. The event revealed some of the most hidden secrets of Lara’s life.

Lara (1897–1970) was a famous composer of Mexican songs, recognized as one of the most popular of his time and genre. His works were appreciated not only in Mexico but in Latin America and parts of Europe. Several famous musical artists, including Luis Miguel, Natalia Lafourcade, Javier Solís, Vicente Fernández, Pedro Infante, and Mijares, have recorded the songs of “El Músico Poeta (the musician poet),” as Lara was also known.

In 1998, Guadalupe Loaeza and Pável Granados, who were great fans of Lara, began an endless search for information about their favorite musician—letters, writings, documents, photos, and interviews—in order to learn about the artist in depth so they could write one of the most complete biographies. It took until 2008 to complete their research, which resulted in the publication of Mi Novia, La Tristeza. After its launch, people who knew Lara began to contact Guadalupe and Pável to reveal more information about the artist and to complement some anecdotes. To this day, the two of them continue to find interesting data on El Flaco de Oro. “Twenty years of our lives have been dedicated to Agustín Lara, more than those dedicated to him by María Felix (one of Lara’s wives),” said Pável Granados.

Guadalupe and Pável’s enthusiastic tale tells the story of how Lara, who grew up in a bourgeois family under the influence of an aunt who taught him manners and the art of speaking in prose, gradually forged a character with enough grace to show himself to the world. Eventually, Lara adopted the character of a seductive and passionate man of music, particularly the piano. From a very young age, his interest in music led him to begin playing in brothels and bars, where he met a large number of women who inspired him. “That’s how Agustín Lara became a lying womanizer,” Guadalupe Loaeza added.

Soon his fame began to grow, and Lara’s admirers appeared. His lovers were often the ones who inspired his most acclaimed melodies, such as “Piensa en Mí,” “María Bonita,” “Arráncame la Vida,” “Amor de mis Amores,” and many others.

 

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