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Portrait von Agustin Barrios

Agustin Barrios Mangoré, der große paraguayanische Gitarrist und Komponist aus der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts erzählte zu Beginn seiner Konzerte gerne folgende Legende darüber, wie er zur Gitarre fand:

Tupa, the supreme spirit and protector of my people,
Found me one day in the middle of a greening forest,
Enraptured in the contemplation of Nature,
And he told me: "Take this mysterious box and reveal its secrets."
And enclosing within it all the songs of the birds of the jungle
And the mournful signs of the plants,
He abandoned it in my hands.
I took it and obeying Tupa's command I held it close to my heart.
Embracing it I passed many moons on the edge of a spring fountain
And one night, Yacy (the moon, our mother),
Reflected in the crystal liquid,
Feeling the sadness of my Indian soul,
Gave me six silver moonbeams
With which to discover its secrets.
And the miracle took Place:
From the bottom of the mysterious box,
There come forth a marvelous symphony
Of all the virgin voices of America.

Agustin Barrios Mangoré

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