March 1, 2016


Magdalena Duhagón comments: “I think of the manuscripts of composers of whose works we have recordings in which they play their own works, and their versions are quite different from the editions we know: Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Dilermando Reis. Besides some technical p...

February 26, 2016

These days there seems to be a positive Urtext mania among guitarists. I am as fanatic as anybody about respecting the composer’s ideas, but I am referring to something else.  Sorry if I somehow contributed to this trend (although I was not the only one) through insist...

February 17, 2016

Back around the 1970’s a trend started affirming that the classical literature for guitar (I mean Sor, Giuliani and several others, just in case you ignorants don’t know what I am talking about) was passé, because 1) it was not up to the standards of Beethoven or Mozar...

January 1, 2016

 (text written as an obit for the German magazine "Gitarre und Laute")

Photo by Alfonso de Béjar



1.    Carlevaro is playing his “Preludios Americanos” on TV. I am about ten years old, and I have never seen anything remotely like this, although my father has taken me to...

December 25, 2015

When we listen, we do not feel an isolated sound event as musical. I mean, maybe because I am a guitarist and we cannot produce loooong sounds, an event of relatively short duration. Obviously, a single sound that lasts ten minutes or ten seconds,  and changes of colou...

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