Historia de la canción de Isolina Carrillo “Dos Gardenias”: “Dos gardenias para

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Historia de la canción de Isolina Carrillo “Dos Gardenias”: “Dos gardenias para ti, con ellas quiero decir: te quiero, te adoro, mi vida…” Corría el año 1945 cuando la compositora y pianista cubana Isolina Carrillo, quien por esos días trabajaba de asesora artística y pianista acompañante en la emisora RHC-Cadena Azul en La Habana, una de las estaciones de radio más importantes de aquel tiempo, recibió la visita de un caballero de nacionalidad colombiana que estaba de paso por Cuba y que aspiraba a ser compositor. El joven cantautor necesitaba asesoría para terminar una canción que hablaba sobre unas gardenias e Isolina, desde luego, le brindó la ayuda requerida y se hicieron amigos (o por… More
′′ Two gardenias for you, with them I mean: I love you, I adore you, my life…” The year was running in 1945 when the Cuban composer and pianist Isolina Carrillo, who for those days worked as an artistic adviser and accompanying pianist at the RHC-Cadena Azul station in Havana, one of the most important radio stations of that time, received the visit of a Colombian gentleman who was passing through Cuba and aspiring to be a composer. The young singer-songwriter needed advice to finish a song that spoke about gardenias and Isolina certainly gave him the required help and became friends (or at least she believed). Days later, the pianist learned that the Colombian who had required her support would throw a party in her apartment for the reason of celebrating her birthday, then Isolina could not come up with a better idea than attending the meeting to give the owner of the saint a Surprise. Upon arriving at the building he felt laughter and music showing a great atmosphere of celebration, then he went up and knocked on the door of the apartment where the party was held, but no one opened him. She was playing for a long time but it was obvious they didn’t want to open her, then Isolina left the present on the floor and went heartbroken. Days later she learned from a student, friend in common with that foreigner, that several of the party’s participants did know she had attended, but that the aspiring composer said she didn’t want black at her party. Isolina upon hearing about this she felt sad and disappointed. Later, he sat on his piano and started playing the first chords of a song that he put romantic and heartfelt lyrics to, and then called ′′ Two Gardenias That same year, the song was premiered in Cuba by Guillermo Arronte and later in Mexico by Avelina Land ínn, although not so successful. Two years later, a Puerto Rican singer named Daniel Santos, who for those days enjoyed a lot of fame, went to see Isolina and asked him to deliver one of his numbers to record with the orchestra to which he belonged. Then Isolina, without much hope, handed him the song he had written in response to the snub that the young Colombian author inflicted on him, and on March 11, 1947 at the Panart studios, in the middle of Havana , and with arrangements from Damaso Pérez Prado and Argentine bandoneon Joaqu nn Mora, Daniel Santos records with his voice the theme Dos Gardenias for Columbia label with the accompaniment of La Sonora Matancera. Fernando Alvarez also recorded the song in that same year, which became Carrillo’s favorite version. Shortly after, Antonio Mach ínn made the song famous in Spain. ′′ Two Gardenias ′′ is more than just a commercial or popularity success, it represents part of the life of its author lsolina Carrillo and Daniel Santo s’ particular interpretation made the rest of the phenomenon. Source: Interview with Isolina Carrillo. Testimony of Helio Orovio. ′′ Two Gardenias ′′ by Antonio Machin to not forget our greats:
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