Abel Fleury El Poeta de la Guitarra (The Poet of the Guitar) by Héctor Garcia Martinez
Spanish language edition $19.95, 3rd edition with 32 pages softcover with English translation addendum by Randy Osborne $24.95.
There are dozens of photos and illustrations from 1900 (the home where Abel was born) to the mid 1950's (includes multiple photos of Abel Fleury's "Escuadrones de Guitarras"--performing in theaters or on radio with his "Squadron of Guitars" consisting of 12-100 players).
2003 is the Centennial of the birth of Abel Fleury, who passed away in 1958. My colleague, Hector Garcia Martinez, initially published this in 1987.
Abel Fleury's Argentine folkmusic on the guitar was splendid. The famous Argentine guitarist and singer, Atahualpa Yupanqui, said of Fleury's tone: "No one has outdone his tone yet." Abel Fleury owned two guitars built by Francisco Simplicio. One of these can be seen in this book: La Chitarra di Liuteria.
Abel appeared in 3 motion pictures, the last one being "Joven,Viuda y Estanciera" in 1941. In 1935 he recorded the first of two versions of "Estilo Pampeano", one of his most well liked pieces, which is a requiered piece in the Music School in Tomsk, Siberia, Russia, though Fleury was never in Russia.
Abel Fleury performed in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Spain and France.
He performed in Spain for Radiotelevision Francese. Besides being a great interpreter of Argentine folkmusic he also played works from the Classical repertoire, such as Paganini's "Moto Perpetuo".