José Franchini

 

 

He was born in Buenos Aires, on the 31st of July, 1912

At the age of eight, he began studying guitar with his uncle Roque Amendolari. He continued his studies with the master Eduardo Amestoi and in music and composition with the masters Cesari, Carumpio and Vicente Demarco.

By 1932, he was already a well-known performer in Argentina. Domingo Prat mentions him in his Dictionary of Guitarists as a new value of the guitar in Argentina.
He offered concerts in Buenos Aires and extensive national and international concert tours.
In 1932, he formed the first Argentinean quintet of guitars.

In 1993, he formed the female children's quartet (unique at that time), which performed for the radio stations Radio Belgrano, Radio Mitre, Radio Porteña and Radio Callao.

 

In 1934, he joined the quartet of guitars of the singer Agustín Magaldi with the name of Jose Frankie. His incorporation to the quartet had a great importance as it created a new style in the way of accompanying singers, giving a musical framework much richer in expression and sonority.

 

He also performed with the singers Edmundo Rivero, Azucena Maizani, Rosita Quiroga and Nelly Omar.

 

As a composer, he has done an important production of works for guitar dedicated to his disciple Néstor Benito, Preludios Nº1, Nº2, Melodía, Suite "Las Pampas" produced en 1979 y Danzas de la Tierra Roja Nº1, Nº2, Nº3, produced in 1980. They were premiered and recorded by Néstor Benito with great success in the albums “Obras” (Works), “La Guitarra en la Argentina” (The Guitar in Argentina), “Guitarra Sola” (Guitar solo) edited in Mexico and “Ten Strings from Heaven” and “Néstor Benito – Guitar”, edited in the U.S.A.

 

In popular music, he composed tango, milonga, waltz and estilos that were very transcendent in Argentina.

 

José Franchini died in Buenos Aires on January 31, 1984.

 

Works for guitar

Suite Las Pampas (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

 

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1-Zamba

2-Milonga

3-Gato

4-Estilo

5-Malambo Pampeano

 

Danzas de la Tierra Roja (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

 

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Nº 1- El Espinillo

Nº 2- Danza del Paraná

Nº 3- El Chañar

 

 

Melodía (Dedicated to Néstor Benito) 

 

Piedad   (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

Preludio N° 1 (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

Preludio N° 2 (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

Oración nocturna  (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

Estudio N° 5 (Dedicated to Néstor Benito)

Canto de Amor (vals)

El Romántico (vals)

La Danza de Marcela (child song)

 

 

José Franchini, together with Néstor Benito, in the dressing rooms of the Teatro General San Martín (San Martín Theatre) of Buenos Aires, at the end of the concert in which Benito performed the world premiere of the suite “Las Pampas”

 

Folk Music

Por el Mismo Camino (tango) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / MARTÍNEZ CONRADO

Solo para TI (vals) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / VATTUONE NILDA ELVIRA (NELLY OMAR) / MARTÍNEZ CONRADO

Zulma (russian song) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / MARTÍNEZ CONRADO

Tradiciones (native song) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / MARTÍNEZ CONRADO / IADAROLA BERNARDINO

Liberata (milonga - candombe) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / DEMARCO VICENTE / MOLINS MARIO ALBERTO

Casi Hermanos (milonga) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / MARTÍNEZ CONRADO

Arco Iris (estilo) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / TAGINI ARMANDO JOSÉ MARÍA

Zamba de un querer (zamba) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / DEMARCO VICENTE

Al Último Bohemio (tango) FRANCHINI JOSÉ / CARDOZO DARÍO (which has not been performed yet

 

 

        

 

 

 

             

 

 

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