Paquita Madriguera

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Paquita Madriguera
Paquita Madriguera, from an advertisement for her American tour in 1916-1917.
Background information
Born(1900-09-15)15 September 1900
OriginCatalan, Spain
Died2 November 1965(1965-11-02) (aged 65)

Francisca "Paquita" Madriguera Rodon (15 September 1900 — 2 November 1965) was a Catalan pianist and composer, based for much of her adult life in Uruguay.

Early life[edit]

Francisca Madriguera was born in Igualada, Barcelona, the daughter of Enric Madriguera Haase and Francesca Rodon Canudas. Her younger brother was violinist and conductor Enric Madriguera. She was a child prodigy on piano, and studied with Enrique Granados as a girl.[1] At age 11 she gave a concert in Madrid. At age 13 she played at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


Madriguera toured American cities in 1916 and 1917, billed as "The Mozart of Spain."[2][3][4][5] A reviewer in 1916 found her "interesting though ridiculously spoiled", explaining that "she is extremely talented, possesses a powerful touch and well-developed technique, and will no doubt be one of the established artists of tomorrow."[6] In 1917 she played at a benefit concert in New York, for the National League for Women's Service.[7] During that same stay in the United States, she gave a joint concert with her brother in Chicago's Aeolian Theatre.[8] She gave another recital at the Aeolian Hall in New York in 1919.[9] Madriguera made piano roll recordings of her playing in the 1910s.[10]

Her promising career was suspended when she married in 1922 and went to live in Uruguay. In widowhood in 1932, she moved back to Spain with her three young daughters, and resumed her musical career. She married again, to fellow musician Andres Segovia, and they returned to Uruguay to live in 1937.

Compositions by Madriguera included Humorada for guitar.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Paquita Madriguera married lawyer and editor Arturo Puig in 1922 in Montevideo, Uruguay. They had three daughters, Paquita (born 1923), Sofia (born 1925), and Maria Rosa (born 1927). She was widowed in 1931. She married Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia in 1935, and they had a daughter Beatriz (1938-1967). They divorced in 1948. She died in 1965, and was buried in Montevideo's Central Cemetery.[12]

There is a street in Igualada, Carrer de Paquita Madriguera, named after her.[13]


  1. ^ "Paquita and Enrique Madriguera". Musical Monitor. 6: 284. February 1917.
  2. ^ "Paquita Madriguera Tour" Musical America (May 27, 1916): 29.
  3. ^ Advertisement, Musical America (July 29, 1916): 18.
  4. ^ "Madriguera to Play in New York Upon Return from Spain" Musical America (October 21, 1916): 18.
  5. ^ "Little Paquita Madriguera Plays" New York Times (November 11, 1917): 18. via ProQuest
  6. ^ "Maria Barrientos and Other Worthy Artists Appear in a Concert Whose Proceeds Launch the Italian Theatre Fund" World Court (May 1916): 503.
  7. ^ "Misses Swabacker and Madriguera and Mr. Epstein in Benefit Concert" Musical America (June 2, 1917): 43.
  8. ^ "National Music Show Marks Week in Chicago" Musical America (June 2, 1917): 44.
  9. ^ "Paquita Madriguera Grows Up and Gives Another Recital" New-York Tribune (May 7, 1919): 15. via Newspapers.comopen access
  10. ^ Madame Paquita Madriguera Segovia (sound recording), Condon Collection, Stanford Libraries.
  11. ^ Paquita Madriguera, Musicalics: The Classical Composer Database.
  12. ^ Alfredo Escande, Don Andres and Paquita: The Life of Segovia in Montevideo (Amadeus Press 2012). ISBN 9781476821344
  13. ^ Carrer de Paquita Madriguera, Igualada, Moovit.