1. The Segovia Master Class in Spain (1965)

    One way Andrés Segovia furthered his legacy was by giving master classes around the world. Of the seven artists performing in 92Y’s Segovia Tribute concert tomorrow, four—Oscar Ghiglia, Adam Holzman, Richard Savino, Christopher Parkening—were chosen to participate in Segovia master classes. (Eliot Fisk was a pupil but never did a master class.)
     
    Oscar Ghiglia’s 1965 master class with Segovia in Spain was filmed; watch this beautiful footage above.
     
    Fast forward 48 years, and Mr. Ghiglia brings that legacy to 92Y and a new generation this Sunday, Oct 27, by leading his own master class at the 92Y School of Music.

    Previously: Segovia and his Guitars: 92Y Concerts visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art
     

  2. In 1987 Andrés Segovia presented two guitars to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its Musical Instruments Collection: his 1912 Ramirez and 1937 Hauser. He began his career with the Ramirez, but it was with the Hauser that he defined a “classical guitar” sound and established his instrument as a major force in classical music.

    92Y’s Benjamin Verdery sits down with the curators of the Musical Instruments Collections—J. Kenneth Moore and Jayson Kerr Dobney—in front of the case containing the Segovia Guitars to discuss Segovia, the instruments, and his lasting legacy.

    The conversation was a prelude to 92Y’s “An American Tribute to Segovia,” a concert on Oct 26, 2013, led by Verdery and featuring Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, Christopher Parkening and others.

  3. Guitar legend Andrés Segovia played at 92nd Street Y twice, on February 27, 1938 and March 10, 1980. This rare recording, released for the first time today, features the 1980 concert which was scheduled on short notice after an unexpected cancellation by the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

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  4. On March 11, 1979, an 86-year-old Andrés Segovia gave a recital in the East Room of the White House. Among the works he performed were Canción Del Emperador and “Guardame las vacas” by the Spanish Renaissance composer Luis de Narváez.

    On October 26 at 92Y, Richard Savino will perform “Guardame las vacas” in 92Y’s “American Tribute to Andrés Segovia” concert.

  5. Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Villa-Lobos dedicated to Andrés Segovia. Guitarist Eliot Fisk will play the cadenza of this concerto as a solo piece on October 26 for our “An American Tribute to Andrés Segovia” concert. 
You can view a photo album of Andrés Segovia’s Manuscripts on our Facebook page. And check out the hashtag #92YSegovia on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for other interviews, photos, recordings, and more.
(Image courtesy of Yale University Irving S. Gilmore Music Library.) 

    Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Villa-Lobos dedicated to Andrés Segovia. Guitarist Eliot Fisk will play the cadenza of this concerto as a solo piece on October 26 for our “An American Tribute to Andrés Segovia” concert. 

    You can view a photo album of Andrés Segovia’s Manuscripts on our Facebook page. And check out the hashtag #92YSegovia on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for other interviews, photos, recordings, and more.

    (Image courtesy of Yale University Irving S. Gilmore Music Library.) 

  6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a short film on one of the two “Segovia Guitars” in its Musical Instruments collection, his beloved 1937 Hauser.
On October 26 at 92Y, Benjamin Verdery will lead five guitarists in a tribute concert to Andrés Segovia. He recently talked with the Collection’s two curators about Segovia and his guitars at the Met Collection itself. Stay tuned for the interview’s posting.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a short film on one of the two “Segovia Guitars” in its Musical Instruments collection, his beloved 1937 Hauser.

    On October 26 at 92Y, Benjamin Verdery will lead five guitarists in a tribute concert to Andrés Segovia. He recently talked with the Collection’s two curators about Segovia and his guitars at the Met Collection itself. Stay tuned for the interview’s posting.

  7. Image courtesy of Yale University’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Following the model of Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), Andrés Segovia was a prolific arranger of encore pieces, ranging widely across periods and styles, from Haydn and Gluck to Scriabin and Debussy.
On October 26 at 92Y, Benjamin Verdery will perform Segovia’s transcriptions of Schumann’s “Mai, lieber Mai” (“May, Sweet May,” or “Mayo, buen mayo”) and Mendelssohn’s “Song Without Words,” Op.119, No.1 (or “Romanza sin palabras”).
Here’s a manuscript of one of these transcriptions in Segovia’s own handwriting.

    Image courtesy of Yale University’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library

    Following the model of Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), Andrés Segovia was a prolific arranger of encore pieces, ranging widely across periods and styles, from Haydn and Gluck to Scriabin and Debussy.

    On October 26 at 92Y, Benjamin Verdery will perform Segovia’s transcriptions of Schumann’s “Mai, lieber Mai” (“May, Sweet May,” or “Mayo, buen mayo”) and Mendelssohn’s “Song Without Words,” Op.119, No.1 (or “Romanza sin palabras”).

    Here’s a manuscript of one of these transcriptions in Segovia’s own handwriting.

  8. "And to all of you, peace, love and guitars!"
On Oct 26, the 120th anniversary of Andrés Segovia’s birth, students and associates of the founder of modern classical guitar performance pay homage to the master at 92Y.
Benjamin Verdery, artistic director who curated the program, writes:
"Every instrument at some point in its history has a player who breaks through to uncharted musical and technical waters. Such was the case with the guitarist born in Linares, Spain in 1893: Andres Segovia. Segovia was a soldier for the classical guitar if there ever was one, relentlessly touring, recording and teaching. His mission was to convince all those who listened that there was nothing more beautiful and poetic than the classical guitar.
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Segovia’s fame in this country during his lifetime was such that it was a common occurrence for a stranger to approach me when I had a guitar by my side while I was, say, waiting for a train, and exclaim “How about that Spanish guy, Segovia? He’s good!” If they had not seen the Maestro in concert, they would have heard his recordings on the radio, or they may have seen him playing Sor’s “Mozart” Variations on one of his four “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances, or later on his PBS master class videos, or even later in his life on his televised White House concert.
For this was a man who never missed an opportunity to introduce and convert new ears to the guitar’s repertoire. If he were starting out today, he would be on all the social media and most likely tweeting fingerings!!!
In curating tonight’s program, I attempted to give the audience a “snap shot” of some of the repertoire that was dear to Segovia. The relationships the Maestro had with Villa-Lobos, Falla, Tedesco and Ponce deeply enriched his artistry. His interest in vihuela and Baroque guitar music was evident in almost all of his programs. His love of Bach and his extraordinary performances of the Bach Chaconne are legendary.
In addition he was a tireless transcriber and arranger. Segovia’s arrangements of Albeniz and Granados convinced us all that their music was actually written for his instrument. He was forever transcribing musical jewels by master composers. In so doing, he placed the guitar in a larger musical arena.
And in that arena he was coach to all players, wherever they came from. Most of the performers tonight worked directly with the Maestro in classes spanning many years. What all of us share is a common lineage. We have all had some musical truth passed down to us via Segovia. Perhaps it was his mastery of finesse, like how to give attention to sound using the thumb, or shape a phrase, or play a chord by muting all the previous notes to let the top note sing, or use vibrato. Or perhaps it was his care for the music itself, like how to shape a program, or to commission works from composers you profoundly believed in, or of course in his numerous publications— the list is substantial. And his influence won’t stop; for generations to come aspects of the Maestro’s creative ideas will be passed on from player to player.
To Oscar Ghiglia, Chris Parkening, Eliot Fisk, Richard Savino, Adam Holzman and Martha Masters, un gran abrazo for sharing your artistry and your love for the Maestro with our audience at this celebration! And to all of you, peace, love and guitars!
Learn more and buy tickets at An American Tribute to Andrés Segovia.

    "And to all of you, peace, love and guitars!"

    On Oct 26, the 120th anniversary of Andrés Segovia’s birth, students and associates of the founder of modern classical guitar performance pay homage to the master at 92Y.

    Benjamin Verdery, artistic director who curated the program, writes:

    "Every instrument at some point in its history has a player who breaks through to uncharted musical and technical waters. Such was the case with the guitarist born in Linares, Spain in 1893: Andres Segovia. Segovia was a soldier for the classical guitar if there ever was one, relentlessly touring, recording and teaching. His mission was to convince all those who listened that there was nothing more beautiful and poetic than the classical guitar.

    Read More