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Violeta Parra, who today would meet 100 years

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Violeta Parra, who today would meet 100 years

Chilean singer-songwriter left an imprint that has not yet been extinguished in Latin American music

Violeta Parra was born 100 years ago. The composer of thanks to life is most important folklorist of Chile and its figure and its songs transcend national scope to illuminate all music written and sung in Spanish. Daughter of a music teacher grew up in a rural setting and very soon he felt inclined towards song although he was also a painter, embroiderer, sculptor and ceramist. He started playing guitar at age of nine and composing at 12. In 1932, he moved to live in Santiago, invited by his bror Nicanor (future poet) a year after death of his far. He dropped out of school and formed with his sister Hilda Las Hermanas Parra to offer concerts in bars and recreational clubs.

At age of 20, Parra began his professional career performing boleros, Corridos, Cuecas, Ranchera and tunes. He married and had two children (Angel and Isabel) who dedicated mselves to music. Violet separated in 1948, cuandfo his life was already attached to a atrical group and began to multiply his public appearances. In addition, by n it was politically involved, which was decisive for projection of its music that, from that moment, became an instrument "to transform Society". "I do not sing so that it is beautiful," he said and, become a militant of song, appeared clod by poets, first by his bror Nicanor, and n by Pablo Neruda and ors.

In years 50 recordings, prizes and ir first tour of Europe arrived. In Paris it recorded several LP. In 1957 he returned to Chile and founded National Museum of Folk Art.

In 1964 he exhibited a series of his burlaps, oils and sculptures in Museum of Decorative Arts of Louvre Palace. By n he lived in Geneva with love of his life, Swiss musicologist Gilbert Favre, who dedicated compositions of love and Unlove: Cursed heart or what I have taken with love.

Its influence reaches our days in which Violeta remains muse and inspiring stars of Chilean song as Manuel Garcia or indie sector as Camila Moreno; And it spreads to virtually all Latin American and Spanish singer-songwriters. Even Joaquín Sabina stole some verses to make her hers in Violet for Violets (2009):

Said Violeta Parra, sister of Nicanor,

Luckily I have guitar and no bragging voice

If y invite me to a farra. Count on My Heart

In 1965 Parra returned to Chile, he installed a tent with idea of becoming a great center of folklore in which his children participate Ángel and Isabel Parra in addition to Rolando Alarcón, Víctor Jara and Patricio Manns, among ors. The idea does not have a great reception among public. Favre, his love, traveled to Bolivia and Violeta wrote Run Run went North pal. He recorded his best album at end, a set of latest compositions that appears in December 1966. In February 1967, Violeta Parra took his own life.

He wrote hundreds of songs but no one has been able to forget "thanks to life" that he composed a few months before committing suicide. The paradox is that his will is his most optimistic song:

"Thanks to life that has given me so much"

He gave Me two looks that when I open m

Perfect distinguish black from white

And in high sky his starry background

"And in multitudes man I love."

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