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)

Clotilde Arias (1901–1959) was a Peruvian-American lyricist and composer. She is best known for her composition of the song "Huiracocha," popular in Peru and sung worldwide, and for her translation of the U.S. National Anthem into lyrical Spanish, commissioned by the Department of State in 1946.[1]

Life[edit]

Arias was born in 1901 in Iquitos, Perú, on the shores of the Amazon. She moved to New York City in 1923 to study music. [2] She married José Anduaga, another Peruvian artist, in 1929. They settled in Brooklyn and had a son, Roger. By the early 1940s, Arias had divorced Anduaga and moved to Manhattan with her son. In 1942, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen.[3]

Arias' artistic talents in music, painting, and composing — including playing for silent movies — emerged early in Iquitos. She achieved scholastic and artistic recognition, with numerous honors. Her perfect pitch and exceptional ability to sight read made her a highly sought accompanist.

Amongst her numerous compositions, "Huiracocha" may be the best known. Named for a god of the Incas, the song retells the legend of his emergence 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."

Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Arias gained success as a composer in the male-dominated advertising industry. She worked for advertising agencies and composed jingles for Alkaseltzer, Ford Motors, and Campbell's Soup.[4]

Clotilde composed other serious classical songs, including "Idilio Roto (Broken Idyll)," as well as songs in the popular style of the 1930s, some of which she sold door to door to help support her family. Later, she collaborated with notable composers and writers, including 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).

Tributes[edit]

On December 9th, 2006, [5] "Huiracocha" 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 opened at the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery September 27, 2012 and was on display until April 2013.[2]

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 (jingle on radio and TV)
Cutex Lipstic Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias (Spanish lyrics, TV jingle)
Cutex Nail-Polish Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias (Spanish lyrics, TV jingle)
Schaefer Beer 1952-1955 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias (Spanish lyrics, TV jingle)
Vienna Sausages Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias (Spanish lyrics, TV jingle)
Alka Seltzer 1953 Clotilde Arias Clotilde Arias (Spanish lyrics, TV/radio jingle)
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. ^ Baumann, Susana (October 12, 2012). "Clotilde Arias honored for Spanish version of Star-Spangled Banner". Voxxi. VOXXI News. 
  2. ^ a b "Not Lost in Translation". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved April 2013. 
  3. ^ Baumann, Susana (October 12, 2012). "Clotilde Arias honored for Spanish version of Star-Spangled Banner". Voxxi. VOXXI News. 
  4. ^ "An Immigrant's 'Star-Spangled Banner,' En Espanol". NPR Music. NPR. October 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ The Dec 9th 2006 performance program