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More than 90 years of trovando

The Troubadours of Cuyo are one of the greatest exponents of our native music. They have been on stage for
| 23 December, 2019 |

The group Los Troubadores de Cuyo was born with the figure of Hilario Cuadros, who formed the first Cuyano duo with his brother Juan Guillermo. Hilario Cuadros made his first presentations with his brother, but the artistic path began with Domingo Morales (the Quiñao), with whom he formed the duo Cuadros-Morales.

The name of the group

It was a Mendoza journalist who, referring to the departure of these singers to Buenos Aires in 1927, wrote: “They go Los Trovadores de Cuyo”, without thinking, surely, that he was definitively baptizing the ensemblethat was going to consecration. Although there is another version of the origin of the name of this ensemble that says that, acting in the disappeared Cine Avenida on Florida Street, in the Federal Capital, the newspaper La Prensa, seeing the excitement aroused in the Buenos Aires public, greeted them with a “Welcome… Trovadores de Cuyo! …”, the name with which the ensemble was known from there and that would be engraved forever.

They arrived in Buenos Aires in 1927. That same year they recorded their first album on the Columbia label . It contained two themes: the chacarera “Pave de mi corazón” and the waltz “Desiring”, both by Hilario Cuadros. Some time later, approximately between 1929 and 1930, guitarists Alberto Quini and Roberto Puccio joined the duo and began touring various countries, including Chile and Peru. Soon the ensemble filled theaters in Buenos Aires and their songs were broadcast by Radio‘s folk music programs National .
This conformation that we mentioned — Morales, Cuadros, Quini and Puccio — continued for several years.

The group was to be organized

Throughout the duration of Los Troubadadores de Cuyo, Don Hilario Cuadros always made the 2gives voice, while the 1ra was changing, although it should be noted that, on occasion, Hilario Cuadros sang as a soloist, always within the ensemble.

Hilario and Senracomposed and performed more of one hundred and fifty coplas together. Fortunately, time later,Cuadrosreturned to the group and the group toured the Andean provinces.

There were important singers who made up the ensemble. always making first voice, we can quote Juan Cisneros, Clemente Canciello, Félix Blanco, Tomás Lucero, Manuel Ortiz Araya and César Torelli, among others.

It is also worth mentioning the guitarists who formed Los Troubadores de Cuyo. After Quini and Pucio, there were Benjamin Miranda, Martín Herrera, José Herrero, Alfredo Alfonso, José Zavala, Julio and Chango Arce, José Ignacio Rivero, Tito Francia, José María Hoyos, Lino Zeballos, Rafael del Pino, Sorini, Julián, Lainez, and it is even said that he played Atahualpa Yupanqui, although this is certain, except the statement made in a report by Don Hilario’s nephew, Carlos Cuadros.

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