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Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) was born in Barcelona, Spain, and received his formative musical training on the piano and violin.  His focus soon shifted to the guitar, however, after attending a recital given by Antonio Jiménez Manjón in 1889.  He first met and played for Francisco Tárrega in October 1892 and began studying with him at the Municipal Conservatory of Music in Barcelona two years later.  Llobet was among the first concertizing artists to tour extensively abroad and make electrical recordings, and he made several successful trips through Europe, North and South America, and the Carribean in his efforts to elevate the guitar's stature.  Segovia was actually influenced in his own efforts by Llobet, and together the two virtuosi helped raise the classical guitar's profile in the public eye.  Essential works include his arrangement of 13 Catalan Folk Songs (most notably El testament d'Amelia, El Mestre and La filla del marxant), the challenging Repuesta, and Manuel de Falla's Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Claude Debussy, which Falla dedicated to him.
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Simeon - 12 Jan 2010
Simeon - 12 Jan 2010
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