It’s the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, so I thought I’d focus on one of my favourite subjects: Guitars. Care to join me?
Like many fans of classical guitar, my first exposure to the beauty of the instrument and its music came courtesy of maestro Andrés Segovia. Born in Linares, Spain, Segovia was raised by his aunt and uncle. His uncle moved the family to Grenada, and although Segovia was aware of flamenco, he never really took to it. He preferred the works of Tárrega and his own transcriptions of J.S. Bach.
He had an extensive international career, studying in Paris, touring South America, Mexico and Germany. He was among the first to utilize radio as a way of expanding the reach of classical guitar. After a successful tour of the United States, the Brazillian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos composed his Twelve Etudes, later dedicating them to Segovia. Their relationship endured and Villa-Lobos composed several pieces for Segovia before his death.
Segovia is largely credited for reviving the classical guitar as a concert instrument, and influenced a good number of classical guitarists, including John Williams and Sharon Isbin. Though he could be demanding, obstinate, and a bit of a bully, Segovia did much to advance classical guitar throughout the world as well as to resurrect the works of composers whose works may have been lost if not for the maestro.