Death in Paris of Argentine composer Jorge Milchberg, famous for “El Condor pasa”

Known for his interpretation of the Andean melody “El Condor pasa” in the 60s, the Argentinian musician died on August 20. He will be buried in his town of Thénisy.

Argentinian musician and composer Jorge Milchberg, famous for having adapted and recorded in the 1960s “El Condor pasa” which became probably the most famous Andean melody in the world, died in Paris at the age of 93, the embassy announced on Friday August 26. from Argentina.

Jorge Milchberg, born in Buenos Aires in 1928 to Polish parents but who had lived in France since 1955, died on August 20, but his death was not announced until Friday by his family and by the embassy.

A classically trained pianist, but a world-renowned charango (Andean plucked-string guitar) player, Milchberg was a member and artistic director for nearly 60 years ofLos Incas“, an emblematic group of Andean music founded in the 1950s in Paris, and which has multiplied international tours, the embassy said in a press release. Los Incas, also known as Urubamba, recorded in 1963 “El condor pass(the condor passes), then again with arrangements by Milchberg and lyrics by Paul Simon, a version sung by New York folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, under the title “If I could“, in their album “Bridge over troubled water(1970).

Initially, the theme ofEl Condor passwas taken from a zarzuela, a musical theater piece of the same name, created in 1913 by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles, but in a version for orchestra. Milchberg’s version for reduced ensemble, and the title of Simon and Garfunkel which became a folk standard, contributed to the spectacular fame of “El Condor pass», which has known countless versions, and led to a renewed interest in Latin American music.

Milchberg, underlines the site of Los Incas, foreshadowed the “process of arranging and adapting traditional music, now popularized in World music», but unpublished in the 60s and 70s. Jorge Milchberg will be buried in his town of Thénisy (Seine-et-Marne), specifies the embassy.

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