We like to say that Antonio de Torres is to the guitar what Stradivarius is to the violin, so it’s nice every now and then to be able to prove it. We happen to have at the moment a fantastically preserved 1888 Torres nicknamed ‘La Italica’ (the guitar has a great history, too, so it’s worth clicking on that link and reading about it). Built in the same year as Tarrega’s famous Torres (the one from the poster), it’s just two numbers away (this one is SE116 and Tarrega’s is SE114) and built from the same materials, etc…, it’s about as close as you can get to playing Tarrega’s actual guitar.
Having said all that, I’m particularly pleased that we got to shoot quite a few videos with Andrew York, who played his own music on this guitar rather than what you might expect (like, for instance, Tarrega). I love that we get a chance to hear how amazing this guitar is and how well Torres’ guitars hold up compared to anything being made today. We have more videos of Andrew playing this amazing guitar and we’ll be posting those over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
So here’s Andrew York playing Yamour, the title-track from his great new CD. You can download the sheet music to this piece and to the music in the other videos we’ll be posting and more from his catalog directly from Andrew – just click here to go his sheet music downloads page.
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