MADRID – Spanish composer, arranger and orchestra director Augusto Alguero died Sunday in his sleep at his home in Torremolinos on the southern Costa del Sol, the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers, or SGAE, said. He was 76.
The funeral chapel for the composer, who was a member of the SGAE Board of Directors, will be set up on Monday at the Madrid headquarters of the SGAE so that the public may say their final goodbyes to one of the “most important (figures) in (Spanish) popular music,” the organization said.
“Music is the most universal language that exists and I have devoted my entire life to it,” Alguero said some time back.
Alguero was known for composing important pieces that now belong to the collective imagination, including “Penelope” (Juan Manuel Serrat), “Noelia” (Nino Bravo), “Tombola” (Marisol) and “La chica ye-ye” (Concha Velasco).
In addition, he wrote the musical scores for a number of films, including “El ruiseñor de las cumbres,” with Joselito, and “Zampo y yo,” with Ana Belen; and he collaborated on about 50 theater works, among which were “Mama, quiero ser artista,” with Concha Velasco.
In 1961, Alguero married popular Spanish actress Carmen Sevilla, but the couple separated 10 years later after having a son.
Alguero, who in 1986 married Natividad Benito, was born in Barcelona on Feb. 23, 1934, and he combined his musical studies at the Municipal Conservatory there with the study of medicine.
He began his musical career in the early 1950s at age 16.
The great majority of his songs were composed using lyrics by Antonio Guijarro, sung by famous Spanish artists and became hits, making Alguero very popular in Spain and Latin America.
In all, during the course of his career, he wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for movies and television.