Sunday, July 23, 2017

Who Are Those Composers ~ Angel Arteaga

Ángel Arteaga de la Guía was born in Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, on January 28, 1928. His musical initiation took place in the Beethoven Philharmonic Band in his hometown.

In 1950, he entered the Madrid Royal Conservatory where he studied harmony, fugue, and composition with the professors Vitorino Echevarría, Francisco Calés Pina, and Julio Gómez García. Between 1957 and 1963 he studied at the Staatliche Hoschshule für Musik in Munich with Carl Orff and Harald Genzmer, a disciple of Hindemith. At the same time, he completed three summer courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy) in composition and film music. In Germany he married Waltraud Pizenbauer. During these years he was awarded  several prizes for orchestral works and compositions. awarded the following:

Between 1964 and 1984 he composed music for over 90 films. These included the crime film “The Crimes of Petiot” (1973), the Doug McClure comedy “What Changed Charley Farthing?” (1974), and several thrillers and horror movies, such as “The Mark of the Wolfman” (1968), “El vampiro de la autopista” (The Horrible Sexy Vampire) (1970), “The Glass Ceiling” (1971), “The Fury of the Wolfman” (1972), and “La cruz del diablo” (1975).

Composing music for so many films and documentaries prevented Arteaga from leaving a more extensive body of works for posterity. However, he has left us enough to justifiably situate his figure with the most outstanding of the 1951 generation.

Arteaga died in Madrid, Spain on January 17, 1984.

In 1997 he was posthumously awarded the title "Favorite Son of Campo de Criptana," together with fellow musician and composer Manuel Angulo Sepúlveda. In January 2006, a selection of his most representative works were published on CD, partially performed by the City Orchestra of Granada under the direction of José Luis Temes.

ARTEAGA, Ángel (aka Ramirez Pagan Ángel, Ángel Artega) (Ángel Arteaga de la Guía) [1/28/1928, Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Spain – 1/17/1984, Madrid, Madrid, Spain] – composer, conductor,
Behind the Mask of Zorro – 1965 [as Ramirez Pagan Angel]
A Place Called Glory - 1965

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Adios Sabata

We continue to our search for filming locations for the 1970 film “Adios Sabata. The scene shifts from the orphanage to a site of a mass execution of Mexican Peons by French soldiers. A few of the Mexicans are saved only to be given chance to escape by trying to run away, one at a time, before Colonel Skimmel shoots them down from his balcony above the street.

This village was built by Cinecitta Studios in Rome and was also seen in “The 5-Man Army.”

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations

Special Birthdays

Damiano Damiani (director, screenwriter) would have been 95 today, he died in 2013.

Buzz Kulik (director) would habe been 95 today, he died 1999.

Sydney Lassick (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 2003.

Gerard Brach (screenwriter) would have been 90 today, he died in 2006.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

National Day of the Cowboy 2017

National Day of the Cowboy is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in July. 

The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in the heart of Texas.  Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they grew wild and unchecked.  As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.

The draw of riches and adventure mixed with tales of violence and a backdrop of the Great Plains gave way to the mythological image of the cowboy.

Where the dust settles reveals much of the stoic truth of the American cowboy and cowgirl. The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world.  To do so requires respect, loyalty and a willingness to work hard.

According to the National Day of the Cowboy Organization, this day “…is a day set aside to celebrate the contributions of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.” The NDOC continuously pursues national recognition of National Day of the Cowboy.  Currently, 11 states recognize this day. The first celebration was in 2005.