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Andrés Segovia

The father of the modern classical guitar movement, Andres Segovia raised his chosen instrument to new peaks of popularity and respectability; it is widely held that without his efforts, the classical guitar would still remain in the eyes of purists a lowly bar instrument, to be performed only by peasants. Born in Linares, Spain on February 21, 1893, Segovia began playing at the early age of four; although discouraged by his family, who felt he should adopt a "real" instrument instead, he continued studying and made his concert debut in Granada at the age of 16. His professional debut came four years later in Madrid, and was met by many with disbelief -- the guitar was widely believed to be incapable of proper classical expression, but Segovia astounded naysayers with his skill. The central problem facing him, however, remained that the guitar's sound could not properly fill a concert hall; in the years to follow, Segovia solved the dilemma by experimenting with new woods and designs, all to increase the instrument's natural amplification. The advent of nylon strings also enabled the guitar to produce more consistent tones, while projecting the sound much farther. In 1928, Segovia made his American debut in New York City, where he again wowed audiences with his prowess; before long, composers like Heitor Villa-Lobos even began to compose original pieces specifically for the guitar. Segovia himself began transposing the classical canon for the guitar as well, most notably his notoriously difficult translation of Bach's Chaconne, as well as many transcriptions of lute and harpsichord music. In addition to recording and performing, Segovia spent the remainder of his life and career successfully influencing the authorities at conservatories, academies, and universities to include the guitar in their instruction programs with the same emphasis given the violin, cello and piano; his early struggles were recounted in his 1983 memoir Andres Segovia: An Autobiography of the Years 1893-1920. He died in 1987. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Fabulous Andres Segovia

Composer: Federico Moreno Torroba
Title: Sonatina For Guitar In A Major
Composer: Joaquín Turina
Title: Fandanguillo, For Guitar, Op. 36
Composer: Manuel Ponce
Title: Sonata For Guitar No. 5 In D ("Sonatina Méridional")
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Title: Estudios (12), Etudes For Guitar, A. 235
Composer: Oscar Esplá
Title: Impressiones Levantinas (2) For Guitar
Composer: Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Title: Allemande
Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: Homenaje Pour "Le Tombeau De Claude Debussy," For Guitar, G. 56
Composer: Manuel Ponce
Title: Theme, Variations And Fughetta On A Theme By Antonio De Cabezon For Guitar
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In C Minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
Composer: Robert de Visée
Title: Sarabande, Bourree And Menuet For Guitar (arr. Segovia)
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Title: Prelúdio, For Guitar No. 1 In E Minor, A. 419/1
Title: Prelúdio, For Guitar No. 3 In A Minor, A. 419/3
Composer: Federico Moreno Torroba
Title: Madroños For Guitar
Composer: Girolamo Frescobaldi
Title: Aria E Corrente
Composer: Jorge Gomez Crespo
Title: Norteña For Guitar
Composer: Luys de Narváez
Title: Cancion Del Emperador, For Vihuela
Title: Diferencias (7) For Guitar On "Guárdame Las Vacas"
Composer: Alexander Scriabin
Title: Prelude For Piano In G Flat Major, Op. 16/3
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Track List: Art of Segovia

Disc 1
Composer: Francisco Tárrega (Y Eixea)
Title: Recuerdos De La Alhambra, For Guitar
Title: Capricho áRabe, For Guitar
Title: Marieta, Mazurka For Guitar
Composer: Federico Moreno Torroba
Title: Romanza De Los Piños, For Guitar
Title: Madroños For Guitar
Title: Serenata Burlesca
Composer: Fernando Sor
Title: Introduction, Theme, & Variations On A Theme From Mozart's "The Magic Flute, " For Guitar, Op. 9
Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: Homenaje Pour "Le Tombeau De Claude Debussy," For Guitar, G. 56
Composer: Manuel Ponce
Title: Thème, Varié Et Finale For Guitar
Title: Canción Mexicana No. X
Composer: Joaquín Turina
Title: Sevillana, Fantasia For Guitar, Op. 29
Composer: Joaquín Rodrigo
Title: Zarabanda Lejana, For Guitar ("Homenaje A Luis De Milán")
Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Title: Capriccio Diabolico, For Guitar ("Omaggio A Paganini"), Op. 85
Title: Tonadilla On The Name Of Andrés Segovia, For Guitar, Op. 170/5
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Title: Prelúdio, For Guitar No. 1 In E Minor, A. 419/1
Title: Prelúdio, For Guitar No. 3 In A Minor, A. 419/3
Composer: Carlos Pedrell
Title: Guitarreo, For Guitar
Composer: Albert Roussel
Title: Ségovia For Guitar, Op. 29
Disc 2
Composer: John Dowland
Title: If My Complaints Could Passions Move, For 4 Voices & Lute (First Book Of Songs)
Title: The Frog Galliard, For Lute, P 23
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Suite For Keyboard (Suite De Piece), Vol.2, No.4 In D Minor, Hwv 437
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1 In G Major, Bwv 1007
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3 In C Major, Bwv 1009
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 3 In E Major, Bwv 1006
Composer: Girolamo Frescobaldi
Title: Work(s)
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In C Minor, K. 11 (L. 352)
Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Title: Nouvelles Suites De Pièces De Clavecin, For Harpsichord
Composer: Manuel Ponce
Title: Andantino Variato, For Guitar (after Paganini)
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Prelude For Piano No. 7 In A Major, Op. 28/7, Ct. 172
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: String Quartet No. 1 In E Flat Major, Op. 12
Composer: César Franck
Title: L'organiste Vol.1, For Organ (or Harmonium), M. 41
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Piano
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Title: Melody, Lyric Piece For Piano, Op. 47/3
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin, Prelude For Piano, L. 117/8
Composer: Alexander Scriabin
Title: Prelude For Piano In E Flat Minor, Op. 16/4
Composer: Isaac Albéniz
Title: Suite Española No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7
Title: Piezas Características (12), For Piano, Op. 92, B. 29
Composer: Andrés Segovia
Title: Etude For Guitar ("Estudio Sin Luz")
Composer: Joaquín Rodrigo
Title: Fantasía Para Un Gentilhombre, For Guitar & Orchestra
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Track List: Complete Bach Recordings, 1927-1955

Disc 1
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 3 In E Major, Bwv 1006
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3 In C Major, Bwv 1009
Title: Prelude For Lute In C Minor, Bwv 999 (Bc L171)
Title: Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996 (BC L166)
Title: Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1 In G Major, Bwv 1007
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 2 In D Minor, Bwv 1004
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 3 In E Major, Bwv 1006
Title: Prelude For Lute In C Minor, Bwv 999 (Bc L171)
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3 In C Major, Bwv 1009
Title: Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996 (BC L166)
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 6 In D Major, Bwv 1012
Title: Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
Disc 2
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1 In G Major, Bwv 1007
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 6 In D Major, Bwv 1012
Title: Sonata For Solo Violin No. 1 In G Minor, Bwv 1001
Title: Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996 (BC L166)
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3 In C Major, Bwv 1009
Title: Prelude For Lute In C Minor, Bwv 999 (Bc L171)
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 2 In D Minor, Bwv 1004
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 3 In E Major, Bwv 1006
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3 In C Major, Bwv 1009
Title: Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
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Track List: The Art Of Andrés Segovia, Vol. 2: Live & Studio Recordings 1952-1955

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Songs Without Words (6) For Piano, Book 1, Op. 19b
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Waltz For 2 Pianos In E Major (arr. From 4 Hand Version), Op. 39/2
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Romanze For Piano In B Flat Minor (Sehr Markiert), Op. 28/1
Composer: Francisco Tárrega (Y Eixea)
Title: Recuerdos De La Alhambra, For Guitar
Title: Capricho áRabe, For Guitar
Title: Marieta, Mazurka For Guitar
Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Title: Tonadilla On The Name Of Andrés Segovia, For Guitar, Op. 170/5
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Title: Estudio, For Guitar No. 8 In C Sharp Minor, A. 235/8
Title: Prelúdio, For Guitar No. 3 In A Minor, A. 419/3
Title: Estudio, For Guitar No. 1 In E Minor, A. 235/1
Composer: Manuel Ponce
Title: Canzone E Rondò, For Guitar
Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Title: Tarantella, Op. 87b
Composer: Isaac Albéniz
Title: Suite Española No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7

Comments

I did see Segovia in concert in San Diego as a youth. He was magnificent! I will never forget that evening.

Wish I could have seen Segovia in Concert.
Just an amazing artist!
The best to listen to while working, keeps me on a calm level =)
Augusto Alvarez,
Houston, TX

I play a little bit of classical guitar myself. I believe ALL of today's guitarists I have heard are excellent, BUT there is ONE and ONLY ONE Andres Segovia. I believe Maestro Tarrega revealed the secret of those six strings through the fingering bestowed upon both of Andres Segovia's hands. I am sure his guitar must have been exclusively custom made because I have not heard a single guitar with the same personality and character of voice.
buarque1225
segovia is my favorite..pl z z give me more segovia
sacredfun6
Saw him in concert in 1979 in San Diego, he was about 85, and he was just amazing.
Segovia is a genius. Puts so many emotions into one piece it's amazing
Segovia es un gigante!
Love the comment below. Segovia was, and remains, the greatest guitar player of all time imho.
dalejonesban j o
Segovia transcribed some of the best music for guitar because the guitar gods asked him to, otherwise we wouldnt have a chance to hear these beuties. He was the true guitar master, and as he once said the guitar is like a small orchestra. Pgordon go away
you make me sad p-gordon.
Segovia was a fat spaniard who ruined music.
amazing
francodallev a
andre segovia asturia
the best guitar player ever
Not human. This playing is ridiculously good.

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