Ruiz Armengol, Mario
- Ricardo Miranda Pérez
(b Veracruz, March 17, 1911; d Cancun, December 22, 2002). Mexican composer. Born into a family of actors and singers of zarzuela, he was strongly influenced by folk music from an early age. As a child he played various wind instruments, later studying the piano at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. He embarked on a career as a folk musician, conducting his father’s orchestra, and in 1931 he joined the radio station XEW (then the principal Mexican radio station) as a pianist, becoming well-known as an arranger and accompanist of singers, among them Jorge Negrete and Pedro Vargas. He subsequently studied harmony and composition with Rolón (1936) and Halffter (1948).
While his arrangements of folksongs (notably Tengo miedo, Ausencia, Estoy enamorado, ¿Por qué llorar?, Aunque tu no me quieras, ¿Por qué te vas? and Muchachita) have been broadcast widely, Ruiz Armengol also composed works in a classical style, characterized by an impeccable, imaginative use of traditional harmony and the incorporation of melodic phrases from urban Mexican music. His highly idiomatic piano works – usually comprising short pieces grouped under generic titles such as ...