Agustin Barrios Mangore "El Libro D'Oro", Vol. 1: The Barrios Method


Author: Augustin Mangore Barrios Publisher: Les Productions d'Oz
Category: Instructional/Method


ITEM: 04587
Price: $40.00


Introduction to The Book of Gold

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the death of Paraguayan born composer Agustín Barrios, the dream that he nurtured in his last years of putting together all of his many works has finally materialized. Les Productions d’OZ, along with a select team of researchers, guitarists and engravers has produced in 6 volumes “El Libro de Oro” (The Book of Gold). Volumes 1 and 2 contain the original teaching materials used by Barrios, his numerous studies and arrangements for 2,3 and 4 guitars prepared by him to play in concert with his students. In conjunction with d’OZ, Guitar Salon International and guitar maker Frederick Sheppard, the entire teaching method of Barrios will be provided in online video as a study companion to volumes 1 and 2.

During his concert career which spanned the years 1909-1943, half of the material in Barrios’ programs was written by other composers. Volume 3 of the series features all of the known Barrios arrangements of other composer’s works, while volumes 4-6 contain his original masterpieces. These volumes are named in order “Messages from the Guarani Race”, “Witness to the Messenger”, and “A Forest of Dreams”. All of the volumes are adorned with original photographs, concert programs and other items of interest to the discriminating guitarist including many tributes written to him during his lifetime, seen here in English for the first time.

The life of Barrios reads like an adventure novel, but rest assured all the the material presented in these texts has been verified with original historical documents. From a concert stage deep in the heart of the Amazon to his concert broadcast worldwide on German National Radio just days before the freedoms of expression were extinguished by the Nazi regime, Barrios was determined to spread his art. He came to be recognized during his lifetime as the first indigenous person of the Americas to have bettered the culture of the European Conquistadors. Much of his work thought lost has been rescued and appears in print for the first time. With the help of Les Productions d’OZ, his time has finally come.

- Frederick Sheppard


From the publisher:

As a young man, Ramses Calderon was introduced to several of the students who studied with Agustin Barrios in El Salvador from 1940-1944. From the period of time between 1994-2000, he collected piece b piece the original teaching materials used by Barrios during his tenure at the National School of Music and Declamation Rafael Olmedo in San Salvader, El Salvador.

Most of the materials came from Jose Candido Morales and Cecilio Orellana. From a historical perspective, this included the original curriculum, teaching progression timetable, and examination schedule. Into this method Barrios incorporated the refingered method of Juan Parras del Moral (1889-1973), who was appointed to be chairman of the "Municipal School of Music in Barcelona in 1931.

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