Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Alfonso X: Instruments of Cantigas. Guitarra Morisca, Guitarra Latina

When the area of art, with its impassioned, subjective, wishful thinking collides with the politically-driven, personal interpretation of amateur historians, there is bound to be colossal misinformation. Nowhere is this more obvious than in discussions about the medieval "guitars." Just as every person wants their family tree to include Charlemagne, or other worthies, and to stretch back to the Garden of Eden, so modern guitarists want their instrument to be traced back to the Hittites and Egyptians. And God spoke King James' English. When we add this to the yeasty mess which is Spanish history--Moorish invasions, the Battle of Tours, Roland, El Cid, Jews, the Reconquest, Infidels, Old Christians, Conversos, Heretics, the Inquisition--we get thigh-deep piles of rubbish. (My current favorite from the internet is "...the 'guitarra morisca' was brought to Spain by the Moors in their 16th century conquest...") Let's step back and take a deep...

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