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Monday January 17, 2011

Spanish Composer of “Penélope” and “Tómbola”  Dies in Málaga, Spain

Spanish Composer of “Penélope” and “Tómbola”  Dies in Málaga, Spain

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Spanish composer, arranger and orchestra director Augusto Alguero passed away on Sunday at his home Málaga, in the southern coast of Spain. He was 76 years old.

Algueró was born in Barcelona on Feb. 23, 1934. Alguero double majored in college, combining his musical studies at the Municipal Conservatory with the study of medicine.

He began his musical career in the early 1950s at age 16.

“Music is the most universal language that exists and I have devoted my entire life to it,” Algueró said a while back.

Algueró was famous for composing some of the most important musical pieces that now are regarded as classic jems, including “Penelope” (Juan Manuel Serrat), “Noelia” (Nino Bravo), “Tombola” (Marisol) and “La chica ye-ye” (Concha Velasco).

Algueró also wrote the musical scores for a number of films, including “El ruiseñor de las cumbres,” with Joselito, and “Zampo y yo,” with Ana Belén.

It is estimated that in his lifetime,  Algueró wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for movies and television.