Nicaragua: Premiere of L.A. Delgadillo’s “Romance Oriental”



"Romance Oriental" Review

I’m working on a short film, a documentary in fact, about the earthquake that destroyed Managua in late March of 1931 and set the country back many years. The earthquake is only a premise, however, for me to tell the story of a composition for flute and piano, “Romance Oriental,” written months later by Luis Abraham Delgadillo while he was living in New York City.

The connection between Delgadillo’s work and the earthquake has to do with the person to whom the piece is dedicated: Maria Huezo, a young woman of 22 years who perished in her parents’ home, razed in seconds the earthquake lasted. I’ll unfold the story in the documentary, but for now, I want to share a review of Delgadillo’s work published in a San Francisco newspaper and written by a reporter who happened to be at the private gathering in New York City at the time of the premiere.

It is unclear who played the flute part (as it is not clearly stated). Presumably Delgadillo performed the piano part. As for the dancer mentioned, the work may have also been choreographed. In any case, it is reassuring to know the work was enthusiastically received.

Another Hispanic American Triumph in New York

New York.—Luis A. Delgadillo, a famous Nicaraguan composer, known and admired among international music centers as the Apostle of Inca Music, has just achieved another great artistic success with his most recent work, “Romance Oriental,” whose theme, as the title suggests, is based on the subject of the mysterious East.

This wonderful composition was performed for the first time at a private gathering in which noted musicians came together, in addition to the press. The work was masterfully performed by “Mimi,” a beautiful dancer of the Hollywood Restaurant of New York (the most popular at present) born in Indochina, and Ms. Amanda Doeb, a Colombian with fiery eyes who is fought over by movie studios.

Later, with the intention of celebrating the anniversary of Central American Independence, Delgadillo performed his “Romance Oriental” in public, earning vigorous applause and warm praise from critics.

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