Collection ASM0038 - Aldemaro Romero archive

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Aldemaro Romero archive


  • 1945-2018 (Creation)


24 Boxes

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Aldemaro Romero Zerpa, (Valencia-Venezuela, 1928. Caracas 2007).

Composer, arranger, and pianist Aldemaro Romero was an innovator of Venezuelan music, contributing to its increased visibility on the international scene. His musical career started at the age of 10, singing and playing the guitar on the radio program, La Hora Infantil. In 1941, Romero moved to Caracas and started working as a piano accompanist and composer with one of the most famous tropical bands in Venezuela, Alfonso Larrain's orchestra. In 1948, Romero traveled to New York to work as arranger and piano accompanist for the record label RCA Victor. In 1952, he began the famous sequel of recordings titled Dinner in… (Caracas, Rio, Buenos Aires, Columbia and Mexico).

The following constitute the most important achievements of his career:

. Foundation of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Caracas.

. The creation of onda nueva.

. Conductor of the London Symphony, English Chamber, Royal Philharmonic.

. Two Honoris Causa.

. Winner of the Premio Nacionales de Cultura in Venezuela in 2000.

. Winner for film music in Moscow Cine Festival for epopeya para Bolivar.

His most important works are:

Orchestra: An American Collage (1976); Canto a España (1981); Suite de las Tres Campañas (1983); Cuarteto Latinoamericano par Saxofones (1977); Requien para Bolival (1983); Tres Temas Venezolanos.

Songs: Amiga mia; Caretera; Cimarron; De Conde a Prinipal, De Pola a Pola; De Repente; Dona Cuatricentenaria; Dona Mentira; El Catire; El Negro Jose; Poco a Poco; It Never Ends; Retrato de Hombre Solo; Tonta, gafa y boba.

Other compositions: La epopeya de Bolivar (1969); Suite andaluza (1973); Oratoria a Bolivar (1975); Sute para cuerdas (1976); Ave Maria (1979); Cinco fugas para cinco coros (1980); Obertura Gintana.

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The Aldemaro Romero Archive is comprised of the artistic and intellectual production of the Venezuelan composer from 1945 to his death in 2007. His collection is divided in two sections: concert and popular music. Aldemaro Romero's concert collection is made of one hundred original manuscripts and copies of scores with works for symphonic orchestra, chorus and orchestra, solo concerts for wind and string instruments with orchestra, and chamber music. The popular music collection contains 126 songs and 31 instrumental works (vol. 1 and vol. 20), manuscripts and copies of the lead sheets and/or lyrics and recordings.

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Series I : Concerts

Series II : Popular Music

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The collection is open for research.

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Items from this collection are kept on-campus and may be requested from the first floor Kislak Center in the Otto G. Richter Library at University of Miami.

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Requests to publish materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. For more information please contact:

A. PAGANI S.r.l. Edizioni Musicali

Via Nazario Sauro, 5

22073 Fino Mornasco (CO) - Italy

Tel. (+39) 031.927642

Fax (+39) 031.881335

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

Related archival materials

Pacanins, F. (2009). Aldemaro Romero (1928-2007). Caracas, Venezuela: El Nacional.

Romero, A. (1978). Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas:  Oratorio a Simon Bolivar. Caracas, Venezuela: (C) AR Music.

Romero, A. (1991). Esta es una orquesta. Caracas, Venezuela: Fundarte, Alcadia de Caracas.

Romero, A. (1998). Cosas de la música. Valencia, Venezuela: Ediciones del Gobierno de Carabobo.

Romero, A. (2004). El joropo Llanero y el joropo Central. Caracas, Venezuela: Sacven.

Romero, A. (2006). La música de Carabobo. Valencia, Venezuela: Consejo Legislativo del Estado Carabobo.

Romero, A. (2007). Encuentros con la gente. Caracas, Venezuela: Fundación para la Cultura Urbana.

La verdad de Aldemaro Romero. (October 2007). Gente En Ambiente, 4(14).

Freilich, A. (2006). En clave sexymental: Aldemaro Romero a medio siglo creativo.Caracas, Venezuela:, includes DVD: Ilan canta Onda Nueva (2006), produced by Ilan Chester. [ Item donated by Freilich, A. ]

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