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Segovia, Andrés(ändrās` sāgō`vyä), 1893–1987, Spanish guitarist. Segovia studied at the Granada Musical Institute. He is famous for his transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, which have shown the possibilities of the guitar as a concert instrument. Through concerts and recordings he was largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its music. Composers who have written works for him include de Falla, Ponce, Rodrigo, Roussel, and Villa-Lobos.
See his autobiography (1920, tr. 1976); R. Galatt, Music Makers (1953); V. Bobri, The Segovia Technique (1972).
Born Feb. 21, 1893, at Linares, Jaén Province. Spanish guitarist. Now residing in Geneva.
A self-taught musician, Segovia began giving concerts in Europe and America at the age of 14. He first appeared in the USSR in 1926. His playing is distinguished by exceptional virtuosity and profound interpretations. By expanding the technical and expressive capacity of the guitar and incorporating into his repertoire both classical and contemporary works—many in his own adaptations—Segovia raised guitar playing to a high artistic level. Composers who wrote works for, and dedicated to, Segovia include J. Turina, J. Manén, A. Roussel, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, C. Scott, H. Villa-Lobos, and A. Tansman.
REFERENCESVaisbord, M. “Andres Segoviia v Moskve.” Muzykal’naia zhizn’, 1971, no. 20.
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