The Spanish guitar repertoire of 20th century is mainly attributed to the prominent Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia. Segovia’s long career and his stylistic and technical approach deeply characterized the instrument, turning the guitar into a full concert instrument. However, at the same time, another great Spanish guitarist Regino Sainz de la Maza (1896-1981) appears to have become popular within the “Generation of 1927”, a very radical artistic circle/movement central to the development of modern Spanish art. This group included artists of the calibre of Salvador Dali, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Luis Bunuel. Music was represented by what has been named the “Group of Eight” in Madrid and by the “Independent Composers of Catalonia”.
While trying to break the bonds with tradition, this artistic movement reflected the experience of socio-political events of its time, such as the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) followed by the Francisco Franco regime till 1975. Due to the fact that this group was associated with a politically left republican side, all this artistic production was hidden and buried for years. However the repertoire they produced started to become popular in the last few years, with the discovery of new pieces during the past decade. Many others still lack any publishing or recording.
My research will focus on a systematic exploration of guitar compositions produced by Spanish composers belonging for aesthetical choices and style to the “Generation of 27”. One of the main, long-term goals of my research will then be the dissemination of its results through the publication and recording of these works.