Eleuterio Tiscornia

Eleuterio Tiscornia Catalogo de su Archivo de Guitarra 1897-1945
94 pages, 9 photos or illustrations (Guitar Method covers)
$60.00 oversize softbound edition
(Catalog of his Guitar Archive 1897-1945).

   Most of the listings in this catalog are in two places presently, in the British Library or the Royal Academy of Music in London. But before they arrived at their present locations there was a circuitous journey. When Eleuterio Tiscornia began collecting classical guitar sheet music in 1897 he was given some Fernando Sor pieces by Dr. Martin Ruiz Moreno (1833-1919).
   A half a century later, his archive included 189 different artists with first editions from the 18th century onward.
According to guitar historian Ricardo Muñoz, in the mid 1960's the late Robert Spencer bought the collection, (along with Richard Macnutt). That which belonged to Richard Macnutt ended up in the British Library and that which belonged to Robert Spencer went to the Royal Academy of Music. As to the knowledge of the involvement of Richard Macnutt, I am indebted to my colleague, Dr. Brian Jeffery.

   Besides the listings of the sheet music pieces by author, with the publisher data, there are 5 pages of correspondence in French & Spanish of letters from Andre Verdier of Paris (Les Amis de la Guitare), Alfred Cottin's (Francisco Tarrega student) widow & Riccardo Vaccari of Bologna, Italy. In the back of the book is a section of biograpical data of the 18th & 19th century publishers. Eleuterio really knew his subject.

   One of the lesser known details is that most of the Chanterelle publications of Napoleon Coste, Dionisio Aguado, Antonio Jimenez Manjon & J.K. Mertz were made possible, because of the availability, due to the Robert Spencer aqcuisition of the Eleuterio Tiscornia Archive. It's like knowing where Leonardo Da Vinci got his paint.

   There will be a detailed biography of Eleuterio Tiscornia in the book in progress, "
Annotations for the History of the Classical Guitar in Argentina 1822-2000", by Héctor Garcia Martinez and Randy Osborne.


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