Pianist and composer Ariel Ramirez was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is one of the significant popular composers of our time. He gained this reputation in 1964 when he conducted and recorded his Misa Criolla. The record was a huge worldwide success. The piece was published the following year in Buenos Aires, but the first public performance only took place on March 12th, 1967 at the Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf. Many other pieces by Ariel Ramirez, such as "The Lark" ("La Peregrinacion"), have also known international success.