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Quotes of the Day for 18 February 2003 – Andres Segovia

Andrés Segovia Torres was born at Lunares in the Spanish province of Andalucia on this day in 1893. His uncle sang lullabies, pretending to strum a guitar, and the boy was enchanted by the instrument at age eight. His lawyer father detested the idea that his son would play an instrument common in taverns and among gypsies and peasants, he smashed three of Segovia's guitars in the early years. But he set out to redeem the guitar from the taverns, to put the guitar on the concert stages of the world, to expand the repertoire of guitar music, and to compel the schools and conservatories to establish serious programs to teach others. He cajoled and inspired composers to create works for the guitar, and when they heard the results they wrote more - 300 new guitar works were written as a result. He toured in Spain starting in 1907, and he continued for over 75 years. By 1919 he had toured South America and Europe to great acclaim, he performed the first guitar recital ever in New York City in 1928. The panish say he had golden hands.

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The quotes:

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.

The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly.... Music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees.
     - Andrés Segovia, 1893 - 1987

The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.
     - Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827

Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two!
     - Frederic Chopin, 1810 - 1849

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