Clotilde Arias

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Clotilde Arias
Clotilde Arias by Essig.jpeg
Portrait of Clotilde Arias 1901 - 1959
Born 1901
Iquitos, Perú
Nationality Peruvian
Ethnicity Hispanic
Citizenship Peruvian
Occupation Composer, Performer.
Known for Composition of song Huiracocha and official translation of U.S. anthem to Spanish.
Spouse(s) Jose Anduaga
Children Son, Roger F. Anduaga Arias,Col. USAF (ret)

Lyricist and composer Clotilde Arias (1901–1959) was born in Iquitos, Perú, on the shores of the Amazon, and went to the USA in 1923 to study music and with aspirations of a promising future. She is most known for her composition of the song Huiracocha, popular in Peru and sung worldwide, and her translation into lyrical Spanish of the U.S. National Anthem - requisitioned by the Department of State, becoming the only official translation.

Clotilde's artistic talents in music, painting, and composing emerged early in Iquitos—including playing for the silent movies—achieving scholastic and artistic recognition, with numerous honors. Her developed perfect pitch and exceptional ability to sight read made her a highly sought accompanist, a talent that would favor her later in life.

Amongst her numerous compositions, Huiracocha may be the best known. The title is named after a god of the Incas, retelling the legend that he emerged from the depths of Lake Titicaca to create the sun, moon and stars, and to breathe life into Allcavica, ancestor of the Inca people. According to Clotilde Arias' own program note, this song is "dedicated to the Indian, the Forgotten Man of the Americas". It tells of the "sadness of a race calling to the ancient god of their forefathers, who no longer hears his children".

Clotilde composed other serious classical songs, including Idilio Roto (Broken Idyll), and many popular style songs of the 1930s, some of which she sold door to door to help support her family. Later she was to collaborate with notable composers and writers of which include Marjorie Harper, Andy Razaf, Albert Gamse, and Irving Caesar. Best known were her Spanish lyrics to song hits "Rum and Coca-Cola", English lyrics by Morey Amsterdam, and "Managua Nicaragua", English lyrics by Albert Gamse.

Tribute[edit]

A December 9th 2006 performance of Huiracocha [1] was performed at London's Barbican Hall by famed tenor Juan Diego Flórez. A separate 2009 performance of Huiracocha on YouTube is also available for viewing.

In 2013 Huiracocha was recorded by Ward De Vleeschhouwer on the album Chicha Morada in a version for piano solo.

Clotilde's lyrical Spanish translation of the Star Spangled Banner is on display in the Star Spangled Banner exhibit at the National Museum of American History. An exhibit with a display of her cultural achievements in the arts and writings is opening at the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery September 27, 2012.

List of Works[edit]

List of Works submitted to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
TITLE COMPOSER(s) PUBLISHER AUTHOR
The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key N/A Clotilde Arias Official Spanish Translation
The Moon is Yellow (El Amor Llamo) Ahlert-Lesli Bregman, Vocco & Conn Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Que Capricho Loco Jaime Yamin Caribbean Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Yo Nunca Quise Amar Jaime Yamin Caribbean Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Venca Minina Clotilde Arias Caribbean Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish/English lyrics
Mariana Mia Eaton-Lambert-Gamse Caribbean Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Love is Such a Cheat (Tal es el Amor) Cuperescu-Caesar Irving Caesar Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Song of Friendship (19 songs) Irving Caesar Irving Caesar Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Song of Safety (20 songs) Mark-Caesar Irving Caesar Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Rum and Coca-Cola Sullivan-Baron-Ambsterdam Leo Feist Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Whispering Pine (Oh Verde Pinar) Trenet-Lawrence Leeds Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
There's a Smile in your Eyes (Ya Sonrie El Amor) Montes-Siegman Leeds Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
The Gypsy (La Gitana) Billy Reid Leeds Music Company Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
On the Way to Venezuela (La Cancion de Venezuela) Madriquera-Gamse Magnet Music Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Forgotton Serenade (La Serenata Olvidada) Sugarman-Gamse Magnet Music Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
The Girl Behind the Song (El Amor Oculto en mi Cancion) Madiera-Gamse Magnet Music Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Chi-Chi-Chi-Rom-Bom Olivares-Gamse Magnet Music Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Caramba, It's the Samba (Caramba es La Samba) Vasquez-Gamse Magnet Music Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Take it Away (Tomalo Tu) Madriquera - Gamse Magnet Music Inc Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
You are Everything to Me Sanchez - David Paramount Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Muchachita Frydan - Gamse Empress Music Publisher Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Aos Pes Da Cruz (Al Pie de Aquella Cruz) Pinto - Goncalves Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Banzo Tavares - Araujo Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Bates Palmas Pretinho - Guedes Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Bonita Eres Tu Moreales - Re Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Coco de Bahia A. Almeida Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Canta Brazil Nasser - Vermelho Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Coco de Minha Terra (Coco de Mi Tierra) Taveres - D'Altavilla Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Mi Ranchero Clotilde Arias Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Negra de Cabello Duro Nasser - Soares Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Oh Rancho Fundo Barroso - Babo Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Plaza Once Othelo - Martins Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Samba de Copacabana Nasser - Frazao Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Shu-Shu Almeida - de Souza Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Teleco-Teco Caldas - Pinto Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Valle del Rio Dulce Nasser - Pinto Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Vatapa Dorival Caymmi Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Song of the River Savino - Harper Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Soy Bahiana Dorival Caymmi Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Ela Voi A Feira (Me Seinto Bien) Roberti - Greco Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Lig-Lig-Lig-Le Santiago - Barosa Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
La Raspa Mexican folk song Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Cavaquinho Nazareth - Almeida Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Santa Rosa McCarthy Jr - Rae Robbins Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Escucha Tu Clotilde Arias E.B. Marks Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Huiracocha Clotilde Arias E.B. Marks Music Corporation Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Carnival Warren - Russell Triangle Music Corp Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Senora de Guadalupe) Marjorie Harper Whalen Music—Chicago Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Santa Rosa de Lima Marjorie Harper Whalen Music—Chicago Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Red Lips Yellow Moonlight (Labios Como Amapola) Clotilde Arias Leeds Music Corp Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Down the Old Mission Road (Un Recuerdo de Amor) Marjorie Harper Top Notch Music Inc. Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
My Foolish Heart (Mi Enamorado Corazon) Young-Washington DECCA Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Idilio Roto Clotilde Arias R.C.A. Victor Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Suenos de Ayer Sonia Dmitrowna R.C.A. Victor Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Amor Sonia Dmitrowna R.C.A. Victor Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Gato Libre Clotilde ARias R.C.A. Victor Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Sonaba Qui Me Ausentaba Clotilde ARias R.C.A. Victor Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Margarita Sonia Dmitrowna R.C.A.Victor Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics
Ati-Ra-Ra Clotilde Arias Casi Mardi Inc (Santurce P.R.) Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (on record)
Ford Car 1951 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle)
Ford Car 1952 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle)
Royal Coconut Pudding Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle)
Pond's Lips Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle)
Parkay Margarine No. 1 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Parkay Margarine No. 2 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Royal Flan Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Arrid Deodorant Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Odorono Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Tangee Lipstick 1953-54 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Tangee Lipstick 1955 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Bab-O Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Underwood Deviled Ham 1953-54 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Underwood Deviled Ham 1955 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Blue Bonnet Margarine Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Cambell Soups 1953-54 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle)
Cambell Soups 1955 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle on radio and TV)
Cutex Lipstic Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle on TV)
Cutex Nail-Polish Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle on TV)
Schaefer Beer 1952-1955 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias Spanish lyrics (jingle)
Vienna Sausages Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle, 3 spots on TV)
Alka Seltzer 1953 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle on radio and TV)
Alka Seltzer 1954 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle on radio and TV)
Alka Seltzer 1954 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias lyrics (jingle on radio and TV)
Remington Rand Electric Shaver Clotilde Arias Clotide Arias lyrics (jingle in England)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Dec 9th 2006 performance program