He presided for eight years the Spanish Society of Musicology, from 1999 to 2007, and the Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts, between 2009 and 2017. Rosario Álvarez Martínez cares for a rich heritage.

-¿What does the Canary Islands Historical Heritage Award sound like?
“For me it has been a great satisfaction, naturally.”

-Heavenly music …
“It has been the recognition of a lifetime. I’ve been working on this music business for about fifty years ”.

-Getting on the key …
“Recovering heritage, bringing to light composers who were forgotten …”.

-Biographer, too …
“Almost a hundred called me from the Dictionary of Spanish and Hispano-American Music for authors from Tenerife.”

An artisan!
“In 1994 we created an association of musicologists and composers from Tenerife. I was president for twelve years ”.

-The Association of Symphonic Composers and Musicologists of Tenerife … What exactly does it consist of? Cosimte?
“We began to organize chamber concerts with works by living composers, something that was unthinkable.”

-¿Why?
“It seemed that music creation was only from the past.”

-Mozart, Beethoven…
“Composers with their own voices appeared. Chamber, piano… There is one by Güímar with four operas, no less ”.

-¿Whose?
“Francisco González Afonso. To quote a woman, Emma Martínez de la Torre ”.

-They found even under the stones …
“In addition, interest was raised among the students of the Conservatory to study the career of Composition”.

-Drumroll…
“Nobody thought of it. I’m talking about the late seventies, eighties ”.

-¿How did the change of pace come about?
“A professor arrived who had been studying in Valencia, Miguel Ángel Linares.”

-¿The current director of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias?
“The same”.

-And they recorded discs
“We started recording albums in 1996.”

-With note, right?
“Well! I made the collection together with Lothar Siemens ”.

-¿How many?
“In total, 56 albums by 132 musicians and 516 works.”

Apotheosis!
“This led to institutions and companies commissioning work from composers with names and surnames.”

-Not only Teobaldo Power and Juan José Falcón Sanabria …
“Many more! This recovery of the musical heritage opened the range ”.

-A music doctor who has specialized in organ transplantation …
“I studied four organ courses and obtained a higher degree in piano. When I returned from Madrid I noticed the organs ”.

-The wind blew in favor …
“In ’77 I had no idea about the history of those instruments. I investigated the archives and collected data from the parishes ”.

For a tube!
“I collected a huge amount of information, like for a great book.”

-¿From a sound library?
“It has not yet been published, but he wrote articles about specific organs.”

-¿When did the restore operations start?
“In 1988, when they named me a member of the Council’s Music Board.”

-The scalpel was a baton …
“I dedicated myself to managing organ restorations.”

-¿Who were the first on the waiting list?
“Two magnificent organs in the convent of the Catalinas de La Laguna”.

-¿On all the islands?
“In Gran Canaria it was carried by a German man and, after he passed away, the Cabildo asked me for it. In La Palma, a similar task ”.

-¿After?
“When the organs are restored, you have to make them ring to shake the dust.”

-If not, what for?
“You had to bring organists and prepare concerts. We program cycles and various related activities ”.

They took bellows!
“Just as pianos, violins or clarinets are the same, each organ is different. From his father and mother ”.

So will the repertoires!
“They range from the 15th century to the present. The piano was invented at the beginning of the XVIII ”.

-In the absence of bread, the crumb is on the flute …
“The origin of the organ is a mechanism for a pan flute invented by Ctesibius in the third century BC.”

-The engine of evolution …
“The first vestiges of the pneumatic organ, moved by bellows, not the hydraulic one, date back to the 4th century in Byzantium.”

-¿Which are the oldest in the Canary Islands?
“Here, we have organs from the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”

Oh yeah?
“The organs of the auditoriums of Alfredo Kraus, in Gran Canaria, and Adán Martín, in Tenerife, are from this century”.

-The muses will be delighted in a museum …
“A museum was installed when I was president of the Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts, between 2009 and 2017.”

-¿What is shown there?
“In the five rooms, works by artists who have belonged to the Academy since its foundation in 1849 are preserved.”

-There they are exposed …
“The artists who enter are obliged to donate a work, in any discipline.”

-A symbolic tax on cultural heritage …
“We must take care of our heritage. Although we can no longer alter history, the future is in our hands ”.

-Imstanding cooperator of the Nivariense Diocese …
“For the restoration of organs and studies on music in the parishes.”

-¿The 2005 Gold Medal was a prelude?
“And that of the Santa Cruz City Council. I have been very laureate, the truth is that yes [risa]”.

-Previously, the 1982 National Musicology …
“For my doctoral thesis, on musical instruments in the Middle Ages. I dont complain!”.

2021 Canary Islands Awards

Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts

Gold Medal of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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