Andrés Segovia

Biography

Born: February 21, 1893; Linares, Granada, Spain   Died: June 2, 1987; Madrid, Spain  
Andrés Segovia, Marquis of Salobreia, was born near Jaen, Granada, Spain. He became a guitarist against the double opposition of his parents. First, they opposed his learning the guitar and got him cello and piano teachers instead. When he persisted in teaching himself guitar, they opposed his becoming a musician. He sought a guitar teacher at the Granada Institute of Music when he studied there, but found none, so continued learning the Read more instrument on his own. He made his debut at the Centro Artística in Granada at the age of 15. He played so skillfully that he was urged to become a professional soloist. He played in Madrid in 1912, at the Paris Conservatory in 1915, and in Barcelona in 1916, and made a wildly successful tour of South America in 1919. He made his formal debut in Paris on April 7, 1924, in a program which included a new work written for him by Albert Roussel, named Segovia. It was the first of many works which were written for him by distinguished composers, enriching the instrument's repertory as Segovia had elevated its artistic potential. His U.S. debut was at Town Hall, New York, on January 8, 1928.

Being self-taught, his technique was unique. It was, in fact, superior to that which was being taught at the time, and extended the flexibility and expressive possibilities of the instrument. The main difference was in the method of using the right hand for strumming and picking the strings: Segovia's method paid much attention to the means of attack: whether hard parts of the fingers, fleshy parts, or the nails were used; other subtleties that affected the dynamics of the instrument; and an economy of motion that allowed longer and more sustained playing. There were classical guitarists before him, and distinguished ones even when he appeared, but it was not an instrument that was regarded as a serious vehicle for classical music. Segovia personally changed that, and not by accident. No doubt affected by his parents' attitude toward his chosen career, he had a driving desire to make it so. He wrote numerous transcriptions of older music for lute and for the Spanish vihuela. He transcribed music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Handel, and others. He commissioned works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco (notably the great suite Platero and I), Falla, Turina, Tansman, Villa-Lobos, Torroba, Ponce, and Rodrigo, whose Fantasia para un gentilhombre was written for him. His reinstatement of the guitar as a solo instrument was sealed by his becoming one of the great teachers of music history. He established guitar schools or courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Santiago de Compostela, and the University of California in Berkeley. His students included Alirio Diaz, Oscar Ghilia, and John Williams.

Segovia become one of the great names in classical music, whose mere name was enough to sell out houses worldwide. He received numerous awards and honors during his lifetime, including the Grand Cross of Isabela and Alfonso, the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, and many honorary degrees. The house where he was born had a commemorative plaque attached to it in 1969 proclaiming him the "leading son of the city." King Juan Carlos of Spain ennobled him as the Marquis of Salobreia in 1981, and in the same year a Segovia International Guitar Competition was established in his honor. He continued to give recitals and concerts until an advanced age, and had the rare opportunity, in 1984, of playing at a gala concert honoring the 75th anniversary of professional debut. Read less
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  • 26.
    The Millennium Collection - The Best Of Andrés Segovia
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000375202 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
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  • 27.
    Segovia - The Great Master
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000303502 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Oscar Esplá,  Antonio Lauro  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Riccardo Brengola,  Mario Benvenuti,  Lino Filippini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chigiano Quintet
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  • 28.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 9
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7804 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Manuel Ponce,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Regino Sainz de la Maza
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  • 29.
    Guitar Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000250302 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti,  Pepe Romero,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  Kenneth Sillito,  Nick Ingman,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Budapest Film Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6432 Release Date: 07/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis de Milan,  Louis Couperin,  Manuel Ponce,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 31.
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6421 Release Date: 03/06/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Robert de Visée,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 32.
    Guitar - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000144502 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Stanley Myers,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Andrés Segovia,  Christine Pendrill,  Göran Söllscher  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Enrique Jorda,  Thomas Füri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Symphony of the Air,  Camerata Bern
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  • 33.
    Producers' Showcase - Festival Of Music Volume 2
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4245 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Boris Christoff,  Artur Rubinstein,  Marian Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Showcase Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 8
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7794 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla,  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Julio Martinez Oyanguren
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  • 35.
    The Art Of Segovia - Tarrega, Torroba, Sor / Andrés Segovia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471697 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Manuel Ponce,  Andrés Segovia,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
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    The Art Of Segovia - Tarrega, Torroba, Sor / Andrés Segovia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471697 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
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  • 37.
    Essential Guitar - 34 Guitar Masterpieces / Romero, Segovia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470477 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Malcolm Arnold,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel Enriquez  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Andrés Segovia,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Sillito,  Enrique Jorda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 38.
    Legendary Treasures - Andre Segovia Vol 7 - Salinas, Et Al
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7761 Release Date: 12/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel Ponce,  Joaquin Turina,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Francisco Salinas
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  • 39.
    Bach, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ponce, Turina / Segovia, et al
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 4210 Release Date: 12/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Joaquin Turina,  Manuel Ponce,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
    Conductor:  Alec Sherman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 6
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7754 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio),  J.A. de San Sebastián,  Manuel Ponce,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Luisa Anido,  Andrés Segovia,  Miguel Llobet
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    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 5
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7723 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rafael Calleja,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Marin,,  Fernando Sor  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Vicente Martinez Gomez
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  • 42.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 4
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7719 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Enrique Granados,  Anton Rubinstein,  Luis de Milan  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Luisa Anido,  Andrés Segovia
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  • 43.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 3
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7709 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dominici,,  Karl Friessnegg  ... 
    Performer:  Luise Walker,  Andrés Segovia
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    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7704 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillermo Gomez,  Ruperto Chapi,  Jules Massenet,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
    Performer:  Guillermo Gomez,  Andrés Segovia
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  • 45.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7703 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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  • 46.
    Andrés Segovia - Recordings 1927-39 Vol 1
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61048 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Malats  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
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