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Fossa-Piccinni, Ouverture de Didon
The Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra of Emilio Pujol needs no introduction. The work has occupied a major position in guitar pedagogy ever since it was first published in 1934 by Romero y Fernandez in Buenos Aires. Many subsequent guitar methods have drawn inspiration from it. The lack of an English language version, however, has prevented many English speaking guitarists from a clear understanding of Pujol’s teachings. Those who were fortunate enough to have attended Pujol’s master c…
Richard Pick was born in 1915 in St. Paul Minnesota. His birth name was Richard Burns, and his parents were of Scottish ancestry. He later adopted the family name of his foster parents, the Picks. At the age of five, he began his musical education, learning to play both the violin and the piano, under the tutelage of his foster parents, who were both professional musicians. Throughout his early school years in Minnesota, he performed in numerous musical concerts with them. He later moved…
Undertaking the translation of a guitar method by an author of such monumental importance to the history of the guitar as Fernando Sor is a daunting task. It is particularly so when a translation into English was already prepared during the author’s life time, and is still available today. It is precisely the existence and availability of the 1832 translation by Arnold Merrick, that is the main motivation for the present endeavor. A close comparison of the Merrick translation to the origin…