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Andrés Segovia

Segovia, Andrés (ändrāsˈ sāgōˈvyä) [key], 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).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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