Amparito Roca

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Amparito Roca is the name of a piece of music composed in 1925 by Spanish musician and composer Jaime Teixidor (1884–1957) who named it after one of his piano students, then 12-year-old Amparito Roca (1905–1977).

It was first performed in September 1925 in the theater El Siglo in the town of Carlet where the composer lived at the time. It is a pasodoble and one of the better known pieces of Spanish music around the world.

The score was published in Madrid later in 1925 by Música Moderna, and then in Barcelona by Joaquín Mora in 1928. Boosey & Hawkes published this in 1935 in an arrangement by Aubrey Winter (1870–1955).[1]

A book has been published (written in Spanish) under the auspices of the Ajuntament De Carlet, Valencia, with the title "Amparito Roca, El Pasadoble Del Mestre Texidor". It contains biographical material and commentary on the works of Texidor with a catalogue and discography. The text is by Angel Valero Garcia.

Recent evidence indicates that Amparito Roca (also published as Amparita Roca) was actually composed by Reginald Ridewood, who composed several pasodobles after being stationed at Gibraltar.[2][3][better source needed] "The assumption is that after Ridewood failed to apply for the copyright, Texidor re-scored the paso doble for Spanish bands and then reissued it as Amparito Roca under copyright as his composition."[4] Actually "Amparito Roca" (Amparito is diminutive of Amparo) was composed in 1925, when the British Reginal Clifford was 18 eighteen years old and he wasn´t living in Gibraltar back then, but the fact is that Jaime Teixidor was a well known composer of music for bands in that time, when he was 41 years old, and his pasodoble "Amparito Roca" was a success since it was performed for first time, and "Amparito Roca" isn´t his only well known composition in Spain, not the case of Reginal Clifford who is virtually unknown in Spain.


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  2. ^ March Music Notes, Norman E. Smith 1986 ISBN 978-0-9617346-1-9
  3. ^ nl:Reginald Clifford Ridewood
  4. ^ GIA Publications Teacher Resource Guide: