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The Linares-born, Andalusian maestro restored the concert repertoire, digging out largely forgotten archival scores, introducing his commissions, adaptations and transcriptions, and performing new works dedicated specifically to him.

He reputedly claimed to have 'rescued the guitar from the hands of flamenco gypsies'.

Andrés Segovia at Los Olivos. Screenshot © 2005 Opus Arte/Allegro Films
Andrés Segovia at Los Olivos. Screenshot © 2005 Opus Arte/Allegro Films

Whether true or apocryphal, during the matchless Opus Arte /Allegro 'portrait', Andrés Torres Segovia -- First Marquess of Salobreña (1893-1987) appears in Andrés Segovia at Los Olivos, his purpose-built home (1967, 56 minutes -- age 74) [watch and listen -- 'Los Olivos' chapter 3, 4:00-5:24] -- and then in The Song of the Guitar (1976, 48 minutes -- age 83), by the tranquil pools of Alhambra, Granada.

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Copyright © 9 January 2008 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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