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October 21, 2021

“El Libro de Oro” Vol. 7 & 8 Are Now Available at GSI for Purchase! Featuring: Agustin Barrios Mangore’s Additional Pieces and Teaching Materials

Two new volumes (7 & 8) of El Libro de Oro (The Book of Gold) have been added to our stock. El Libro de Oro was published in honor of the 75th anniversary of the death of Paraguayan-born composer, Agustin Barrios Mangore. The books feature many works that have been finally materialized by Les Productions d’Oz, along with a select team of researchers, guitarists and engravers.

For many recorded pieces by Barrios there are no manuscripts. Other pieces exist just in sketches. In some cases full manuscripts survived. Many manuscripts were provided to students or patrons of Barrios, and may have been altered to match the playing ability of that person. However, the recorded version is often quite different and more interesting than the written manuscript. It’s possible to understand more of Barrios’ technique by learning these transcriptions. The legati are authentic as far as could be determined audibly. Sometimes, he also uses the right-hand thumb in unexpected places.

This new edition (Volume 7 and 8) not only contains transcriptions of early records, but also other material that has not been published so far. Some incomplete manuscripts are included in this series. The pieces were found as unfinished, but signed copies. Chris Erwich decided to finish those as well as possible in the manner of Barrios trying to follow his style. Examples of these include Vidalita con variaciones, Romance de la India Muerta, Santa Fe and Capricho Espanol and Invocación a la Luna. Newly discovered manuscripts of original pieces are included such as: Vals, Rohecha ga’u, two Preludes and others including an early version of Waltz no. 4.

Different versions of Danza Paraguaya have been published here for the first time. They show that Barrios continuously changed his ideas about this piece. Two are coming from early signed manuscripts of Barrios (of which one, apparently a sketch, had to be edited in many places) and another one (a very early publication) coming Chris Erwich’s collection.

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