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Escuela de Guitarra

Aguado, Dionisio (1784-1849)

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Segunda Edicion, corregida y aumentada. Paris, n.d. [1826]. Printed in Paris by Massue at Rue St. Honore No. 146. Available at the Guitarreria de Munoa in Madrid. Quarto, bound in full contemporary sprinkled calf, each cover framed in a decorative gilt border, and gilt decorated spine. [6], IV, Arabic numeral pagination is misnumbered, beginning with 2 - 155, 2 pp. blank. Ink inscription on front free endleaf bearing the date 1881. Covers worn, especially at corners, and with the top 2" of the spine leather removed by an overly-zealous canine who succeeded in sampling the some of the exposed text-folds at top of spine. Aside from these faults, the contents are clean and tight in a respectable binding (see photo) A rare item (OCLC locates only one microform copy of our edition and one imperfect copy of the first edition), this copy signed in the lower right corner of the title page by Aguado himself. A major work by a major figure in 19th-century European music. Dionisio Aguado y Garcia (1784-1849) and Fernando Sor (1778-1839) rose to prominence as the two greatest Spanish guitarists of the first half of the 19th century. Sor was a prodigious performer and composer, while Aguado, also a highly talented performer, established a lasting reputation in the didactic arena. Sor moved to France because of accusations that he had collaborated with the French after their invasion of Spain, and Aguado soon joined him in Paris, where they shared living quarters and a strong professional admiration for each other. Their friendship flourished in spite of the fact that they took opposite sides in the polemic concerning the best way to pull the guitar strings, whether with the fingernails or the yolks of the fingers. Each presented technical and aesthetic support for his method, and the controversy still thrives today. Aguado and Sor, along with other Eupropean guitarists, contributed greatly to establishing the guitar's importance as a concert instrument, overcoming the belief of many that the instrument was too "limited." Among Aguado's principal works is the Escuela de Guitarra, offered here. The book is technical and thorough, replete with lessons on theory and practice, covering such topics as scales, symbols, harmonics, chords, muting, intervals, trills, acoustics, and much more.The lessons are illustrated with musical scores for all sorts of exercises for finger dexterity, hand mobility, and special effects. Bookseller Inventory # 10965

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Title: Escuela de Guitarra

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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