Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The Relevance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)


IN THE CENTENARY YEAR of the birth of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, it is appropriate to refresh our memory concerning his most significant achievements and to evaluate our own relationship with the music. With the work of Castelnuovo-Tedesco we rediscover a new sense of the guitar’s lyricism and return to the Italian impressionistic post-romanticism of the first half of this century, so closely aligned with similar concepts in Spanish culture. In terms of guitar history, he stands at a crucial point, providing substantial pieces for recitals at a time when there was all too little and, through the advocacy of Andrés Segovia, entering the legendary brotherhood of those who enriched the guitar’s twentieth-century repertoire. Without a knowledge of this composer’s contribution, our awareness of the evolution of the guitar over this century would remain...

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