Francisco Salinas

Segovia & his Contemporaries Vol. 7 Francisco Salinas CD $19.95

     Francisco Salinas was born in 1892 and was a student of the Spaniard, Guillermo Gomez. Francisco began his professorship at the Conservatory of Music in Mexico City in 1935. The late Jesus Silva, was a student of Francsico Salinas until the arrival of Andres Segovia in Mexico in 1934. These tracks were recorded for USA Columbia in 1926 & USA Victor in 1931. The titles are listed below:

     In 1997 I contributed quite a bit of information for the liner notes of this CD. I am given no credit, though I was heartily promised to be so by Jacob Harnoy on the phone. I faxed two pages of pertinent details from very rare 1937 & 1943 B.M.G. magazines and a George Krick article from a 1942 Etude magazine in my possession. Don't even ask how much I paid to have this research material at hand. The reason for the delay of the CD was a lack of a photo, I even had my ex-wife go to the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City in search of a photo, without success. At last, concert guitarist Juan Helguera, located a photo. Jack Silver, who takes credit for the research and notes, claimed in an e mail from circa August 1999, that my information was lost. At least there is no denial of my contributions to:

 1) The Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibition "Dangerous Curves" which runs until February 25, 2001.

 2) The limited edition book: "The Classical Guitar- a Complete History"

 3) various "Guitars with Guts" articles in "Vintage Guitar" magazine by my trusted colleague Richard Bruné.

 4) The upcoming book by Jose Romanillas, who requested information & dimensions on two guitars to be included in his dictionary of Spanish born luthiers. Now available:The Vihuela de Mano and The Spanish Guitar: A Dictionary of the makers of plucked and bowed Musical Instruments

 5) Encyclopedia Brittanica’s online encyclopedia for which I helped with some information concerning Bandurrias & Laudes about a month ago.

 6) The great-grandchildren of Virtuoso Mandolinist and  Recording Artist (1908), Valentine Abt. I recently provided over 70 pages of photos, concert programs, product endorsements-due to his virtuoso stature, etc. from the 1900-1913 Cadenza & Crescendo magazines in my collection.

     These Canadian record producers may utilize the same stunt on others in the future, maybe not. I certainly didn't expect to trust them & be taken for granted: I was to receive no perks-no free CDs or monetary compensation-just a credit with my name. And as angry as I am for the 10+ hours I spent to locate, select and type information and fax it to them, I am above igloo jokes-you'll have to go to CNN's The Spin Room for that. I think the series they produce is wonderful, except for the duplication of that, which is already on the market
(DOREMI's copycat version of the Chanterelle Miguel Llobet CD). I guess someone out there isn't far from duplicating what they beleive is the only salvation for the listener. What goes around comes around... I could scan the faxes I sent them & post them here, in fact my web server chief John Arrasjid (Webnexus Communications) typed the info about the Guillermo Gomez CD and the fact that the Francisco Salinas CD was in the works, and that I had contributed all this information. This is still cached on my second web address (which is one of two of my web sites listed in the acknowledgements section of: "The Classical Guitar-a Complete History"-released in 1997), way before I had a computer (I was learning my 6th language) and instituted my interactive site I now have. I could have published this with a plaguerism.html not Francisco Salinas.html, and it would have come up in search engines forever. Despite the fact that their website maintains ("I'll huff and I'll puff until I blow the house down") that this is the first time Francisco Salinas recordings have been made available on CD, anyone who has purchased Golden Era CD #1 "Classical Guitar 78 RPM recordings 1912-1943" within the last 2 years knows otherwise. The writer of the liner notes, Jack Silver has known this at least since his e mail to me in August of '99. Links to the very 1st Francisco Salinas recordings on CD are listed on cuts 9 & 10 below:

   Here is an apology I received on February 9, 2003 from my colleague and friend @ DOREMI. These gentlemen are providing a great link to history. A century from now their own importance will be even greater appreciated: For amassing the earliest works of classical guitar on 78 RPM discs to CD.

From: jack.silver

Date: Sun Feb 9, 2003  8:16:13 PM US/Pacific

To: <>

Subject: apology for Salinas


Dear Mr. Osborne,

   Tonight I discovered that you were absolutely right when you wrote that you had faxed Jacob Harnoy information from BMG and Krick about Salinas. At the time, Harnoy told me, unequivocally, that he had received nothing from you, that the transmission had not gone through properly. Tonight, in passing, he gave me a different story: now he says he did get a fax from you, but did not read it and gave it directly to Robert Trenholm.

   Now, I got my information from Robert Trenholm, who gave me copies of the articles in BMG and the Krick, telling me he got them from Maurice Summerfield in England. He also gave me a book by Helguera "La Guitarra en Mexico" and more information from Helguera on Salinas, that he received from one Fernando Espinosa at the Mexican Embassy in Ottawa. These were the individuals who were given credit on the CD for contributing information. I believed I was basing my notes on material they alone had provided.

   If I had known of your actual contribution, I would have insisted you be given proper credit. Although it was completely unintentional on my part, I would like to apologize to you for not acknowledging your contribution. I have asked Jacob to give yout proper credit on the DOREMI web site, and, if the Salinas CD is ever repressed, that you be properly be acknowledged on the reissue.

   After the Salinas CD, the project stopped because Mr. Trenholm decided not to continue. Last summer, Jacob Harnoy asked me if I wanted to take over and continue. I said I would because I truly believe these artists from the past should not be forgotten. Volume 9 will be out this summer--more Oyanguren on Victor and Columbia.

   I published an article in "Classic Record Collector" in the autumn 2002 issue, a survey of guitarists who recorded in the 78 era. I tried to cite all the CDs of early material of which I was aware, including several of your CD anthologies (Golden Era CDs). I you like, I could send you a copy of the article.

   Again, I would like to offer you an apology. Had I known of your valuable assistance, I would have made sure that you were given the appropriate credit.

Yours sincerely,

Jack Silver



Francisco Salinas

The selections are:

         Francisco Salinas

 Yanez: Habaneras

 Yanez: Anita (Mazurka)

 G. Gomez: Tientos

 Galindo: Suplica de Amor

 G. Gomez: Guajiras

 Arcos (sic): Maria Luisa

 G. Gomez: Conchilla

 Salinas: Dime que si...

 G. Gomez: Tu Recuerdo

 G. Gomez: Arpa de Oro

 Tarrega: Adelita

 Schubert: El Deseo

 Tarrega: Capricho Arabe

 Yanez: Estudio de Concierto


 Andres Segovia


 Tarrega: Tremolo Study (Recuerdos de la Alhambra)

 Turina: Fandanguillo

 Ponce: Mazurka

 Ponce: Petit Valse

 Ponce: Sonata #3 1st movement

 Ponce: Sonata #3 2nd movement

 Ponce: Postlude

 Torroba: Sonatina, 1st movement (Allegretto)


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