Mauricio Farto Parra

Category: Musician
Birth Date: 21st September 1867 (†23rd april 1947)
Birth Place: Santibañez de Valcorba (Valladolid)

His grandparents were Galician and he got in touch with the traditional Galician music through the soldiers appointed to his native city. He first studied Music in A Coruña, where he entered the band of Zamora Regiment that was conducted by José Braña. After leaving the army, he began to work at the regional court, combining his job with the repairing of musical instruments and a great investigation and composition work. He first created 'Blanco y Negro' band of street musicians and then conducted 'El Eco' Choral Society. In 1916, he founded 'Cantigas da Terra' Choral Society and conducted it until 1922. He also promoted 'Queixume dos pinos' and 'Saudade' Choirs. Most of his compositions were inspired in the Galician popular tradition, which he investigated for years.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was a member of the Galician Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts in A Coruña (he entered both academies in 1946).