He was the creator of "Misa Criolla"Friday, February 19, 2010
Ariel Ramírez dies at 88
Folklore music composer and performer Ariel Ramírez died last night after a long battle with a degenerative disease. Congress will offer a public viewing.
According to the Argentine Authors and Composers Society (SADAIC) his wake is set to take place in Congress at 11 am, in the Salón de los Pasos Perdidos. Ramírez headed the organization for five consecutive terms until 2004.
Singer Patricia Sosa, clearly distraught over his death, said she considered him "her teacher" and "the biggest folklore composer in History."
"I remember singing his songs since I was six years old," she said and explains she later felt "privileged" when she was hired to "sing by his side around the world."
"The whole world cries the death of such a beautiful gentleman," she sobbed.
His melodies and an open conception of Argentine folklore, which allowed for him to experiment with different styles and creating popular songs, are his two main features. "Misa Criolla" was his most popular work.
As a young man, he moved from Santa Fe to Córdoba, and after being influenced by Atahualpa Yupanqui, he travelled all around the Argentine northwest.
He then spent some time in Mendoza but eventually ended up in Buenos Aires, where he increased his work as a pianist. Between 1946 and 1956 he recorded some 20 records under the RCA label and studied in the National Conservatory of Music.
During the 60's he created his master piece, "Misa Criolla" which took him to Europe and Latin America. He later developed his own music and dance company.
He also composed other folklore classics like "Navidad nuestra," "Mujeres argentinas," and "Cantata sudamericana."