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(Sept. 14, 2021, 5:30 PM at CMMB)

Lecture on “the Concert Guitar construction” by SANTIAGO CANALS

The construction of a Concert Guitar follows a chain of processes where the sound target is that leads us to develop different types of research in which each part of the instrument is expression of the luthier’s research and the guitarist’s feeling and awareness. For this reason, it is important and necessary that luthier and guitarist have an interchange of ideas. This conference will develop themes related to the construction and evolution of the guitar from those ones used by Ferran Sor to the present day.


    Santiago Canals began his guitar studies with Ricardo Gonzalez Longo and lutherie with Reno Rios, both will guide and support him throughout his academic studies.

    In 1996 he entered the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UNLP, where he obtained the Bachelor of Music in Guita, in 2002, and the Master Degree, in 2003. At the same time of his studies, he continued to develop his experience in different luthier workshops.

   In 2000, he was granted with a scholarship by the Embassy of Spain to attend the International Course of Interpretation in Spanish music “Music in Compostela”.

(Sept. 16, 2021, 5:30 PM at CMMB)

Lecture on Fernando Sor by JAUME TORRENT

“Fernando Sor. The integration of the guitar in the world of cultured music.”

Fernando Sor’s guitar work is considered the most important in all time. However, from the current perspective and as one who looks at the guitar music history from the moment his literature appears to our days, many of the contents of Sor’s work are isolated, despite the importance – and of the transcendent potential-  of the innovative ideas it contains in comparison with those of the works of its predecessors and contemporaries. Many of these contents were not incorporated into the lexicon of the most prominent later composers, who, far from seeing them as platforms for the construction of new instrumental motifs that allowed them to assimilate the emerging musical proposals, would return to the use of the idiomatic motifs of the preceding tradition hindering the immersion of the guitar in the flow of stylistic contributions that would best define musical romanticism.

(Sept. 17, 2021, 5:30 PM at CMMB)


Mr. Sor goes to London.
1815 – 1830 or the journey of “Bel canto” out of Italy.

Margarida Codina Natividade, soprano
Xavier Rivera, Clementi pianoforte of 1808

In 1815 the development of the British Empire takes hold, which will see in the following years the conquest of the American “far west” and the expansion of its East India Company, thus achieving the British monarchy to progressively control a considerable part of the world trade and its revenues, of course, as a consequence of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo on June 18 of that year. It is not surprising that the fervent liberal and Frenchified Macari Ferdinand Joseph Sor, who had been clearly in favor of Joseph Bonaparte and shared his journey into exile to Paris, moved to London in that year, probably hoping for a somewhat warmer and, above all, more successful welcome than the one he got in Paris between 1813 and 1815.

(Sept. 18, 2021, 5:30 PM at CMMB)

Lecture & book presentation by Maria Ribera Gibal

“Emilio Pujol Villarubí, a portrait of a guitarist”

Emilio Pujol was one of the most important musicians who contributed to the classical guitar’s development. He was born in Granadella, a small town in Catalunia, in 1886. Later, he moved to Paris and Barcelona where he died in 1980.


Guitarist and musicologist was born in Guissona, Spain. She took her PhD with a thesis on the life and work of Emilio Pujol Vilarrubí at the University of Barcelona.

He graduated in 2011 in guitar at the Liceu Conservatory of Barcelona under the mentorship of maestro Guillermo Pérez Quer. As a final carrer project, she presented the documentary “Emilio Pujol, Teacher of Life” and then her name was included in the Guitar Encyclopedia by Francisco Herrera.

Maria combines her researches with teaching and concert activity in solo performances and together with the duo Ribera-Sabat.

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