Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AGUSTIN BARRIOS: 67 works (incl. rediscovered) transcripted by Chris Erwich------67 composiciones (incl.redescubridas), transcripción por Chris Erwich >>

Since his passing in obscurity in El Salvador the 7th day of August, 1944, the ever-expanding shadow cast by pioneering Paraguayan guitarist-composer, Agustín Barrios Mangore, falls today on every corner of the earth. In a career spanning 34 years, Barrios’ performance tour took him throughout South America, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and three countries in Europe. Performing original compositions as well as a broad spectrum of arrangements of works by other composers, Barrios’ demanding concert schedule required his generating a continuous flow of new material, which he assiduously and continually refined.
It is generally accepted by historians and scholars of this esoteric subject that Barrios’ bohemian lifestyle and constant peregrination were not conducive to the preservation of a significant number of his compositions, also ensuring that an overwhelming majority of his works would go unpublished during his lifetime. Editions of varying quality of the Barrios canon have been published over the past century with editors and transcribers often relying on the artist’s commercial recordings when original manuscripts were inaccessible.
Now, Dutch guitarist Chris Erwich has helped rectify this situation with this thorough and methodical study using preferred source materials – Barrios’ original recordings made from 1913 to 1942 – meticulously analyzing 67 works performed by this genius from the jungles of Paraguay. Using digital tools previously unavailable to transcribers, Mr. Erwich has captured to a high degree of precision, “Barrios as played by Barrios”.
Mr. Erwich adds these unique transcriptions to his previous publications exploring the decades-old mystery shrouding Barrios’ 1935 performances in Nazi controlled Germany, in which are detailed the intrepid Paraguayan’s stay in Berlin in the company of his Brazilian, mulatto companion, Gloria Silva (1903-1965) and friend and patron, Paraguayan Ambassador, Tomas A. Salomoni.
Frederick Sheppard       Luthier and contributor to El Inalcanzable: A. Barrios Mangore


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Guitarras SANCHIS, Ricardo (3x), Vicente y David & Germán

Updated with data from the Sanchis families
Actualizado con datos de las familias Sanchis 
Nov. 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bombs and luthiers in Valencia of 1937-'38 Bombas y luthiers en Valencia 1937-'38

Valencia was bombed several times during the Civil War (1936-1939).
Some explosions were as close as 100m from a luthiers address.
The bomb nr.3 is some 300m from Vicente Tatay ...   .... but .....
    Look at the next photo of a bombardment on Valencia.  (looking South)
Main impacts at the railways to the Estación del Norte.
Impact A looks to be a miss and impact B looks a hit, but I have my doubts. 
    A much more interesting target was 600m to the left: huge military baracks with weapon stock. So the bombs A and B may have been mistakes.  And if true: I think Tatay was very lucky that day. The line of these bombs is exactly coinciding with Tatay's address, at nearly the same interval .....

 Valencia fue bombardeada varias veces en la Guerra Civil (1936-1939).
Varias de las explosiones se situaron a distancias menores de 100m de diversos talleres de guitarreros.
Por ejemplo, la bomba número 3 cayó a 300 m del de  Vicente Tatay  …. pero …
    Vease la foto próxima del bombardeo de Valencia. (vita desde el Sur)
Los mayores impactos fueron en los ferrocarriles, y en la estación del Norte.
El impacto A me parece un tiro errado y el B creo que acertado, pero .. :tengo dudas.
    Un blanco mucho más interesante estaba 600m a la izquierda: en concreto, en el depósito de armas de Cuartel General de Ingenieros. Por lo tanto las bombas A y B me parecen errores.  Y, si es verdad, pienso que Tatay tuvo un día de suerte. La linea de impacto de estas bombas pasa exactamente con la casa de Vicente Tatay, y, más o menos, en un mismo intervalo…..  

Impactos de bombas en los puntos D  y  E (en otra incursión)
D= Maderas Salvador Sancho (antigua fábrica de guitarras)
E= Maderas V. Brul (Juan Ponce, antigua fábrica de guitarras)
Las dos fábricas fueron requisadas para ser empledas en la industria de armamantos y por eso eran objetivos militares.

Más tarde el edificio de Salvador Sancho fue reparadao, mientras que no sucedió así con los talleres de V. Brul (Juan Ponce).

Impacts at points D  y  E (different air raid)
D = Maderas Salvador Sancho (former guitar factory)
E = Maderas V. Brul  (former guitar factory of Juan Ponce)
Both factories were called in to assist the republican weapon production.

Later on the damage to Salvador Sancho was repaired, the work shop of V. Brul (Juan Ponce) was abanded.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ibáñez * Valencia < ¿=? > Ibanez * Japan


From / Fuente: Archivo de Telesforo Julve.
Translation / Traducción: Lucía Vergara Herrero

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

..................................... Torres guitar - La Guitarra de Torres .............


The girl of Romero de Torres is looking mysterious to me, as is the Torres fretboard.
La niña de Romero de Torres me mira misteriosamente. También es misterioso el diapasón de la guitarra de Torres.

1965:  Spanish stamp by Romero de Torres - Sella de Correos por Romero de Torres

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New York Nostalgia 6 Andrés Vicente Tatay Tomás.


Andrés Vicente Tatay Tomás decided to find his luck in the USA and booked a steamer in Le Havre (Fr) for New York.
Andrés travelled under the name of his brother Vicente, he carried with himf $ 30,= , he was 1,69m in height and had brown hair and brown eyes. His first visit would have been to a friend Enrique Ervaz in Newark.
The Wall Street Crash + the Great Depression decreased the sales of guitars strongly and forced Andrés to relocate his family* to Valencia and make a new start there. Spain however had changed (and still was changing) strongly compared with the year he had left it.

The turbulent situations in Valencia towards 1936 (start of the Civil War) made him decide to make the journey back to New York again. Andrés’ family was brought “back home” on the freshly launched steamliner Normandie in 1935. On this trip Andrés travels under the name Vincente Tatay.

* Incl.:  Isabel Tatay Oller, Andrés Tatay, Victor Tatay 

First arrival in New York -
Primera llegada a Nueva York
Vapor - SS Rochambeau

Second arrival in New York -
Segunda llegada a Nueva York 
Vapor - SS Normandie

Information gathered from:
Archivo Telesforo Julve, Gabriel Tatay, January Williams, Andrés Tatay Blasco and the site of: