This is a history of the classical guitar when Argentina was the 6th largest economy in the world (a position now held by California). Virtuosos from Europe went there and their students were at times the Governor of a Province or his wife. These virtuosos arrived before the advent of the radio in 1920. The love of the guitar brought the importation of the most expensive instruments fabricated in Madrid and Barcelona. Some of these virtuosos had their photographs and eulogies in the Buenos Aires magazines more than 6 years before they ever gave their first concert in the "Paris" of South America.
-2,630 pages about the World Center of Classical Guitar Activity
-77 page index by Jan J. de Kloe
-Foreword by Richard Bruné
-Over 175 biographies with 3,200 photos and images, 4 Volumes, 8 1/2” x 11”, Hardbound, 8" wide, 19.5 lbs
-Translations of Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and Japanese texts
-Hundreds of concert programs: Tarrega, Miguel Llobet, Agustin Barrios, Emilio Pujol, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Maria Luisa Anido, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Lalyta Almiron, Abel Fleury, José Rey de la Torre, Vicente Gomez, Louise Walker, Julio S. Sagreras, Antonio Jiménez Manjon, Andrés Segovia, Hilarion Leloup, Consuelo Mallo Lopez, Maria Angelica Funes, Antonio Sinopoli, Pablo Escobar, Manuel Lopez Ramos, Josefina Robledo, Abel Carlevaro, Eduardo Falu, Domingo Prat, Blanca Prat, Nelly Ezcaray, Carmelo Rizzuti, Carlos Garcia Tolsa and the Estudiantina Figaro, Justo T. Morales, Ricardo Muñoz, Celia Salomon de Font, J. M. Oyanguren, Adolfina Raitzin, Ana Schneider de Cabrera, Emilio and César Bo, etc.
-Hundreds of early 78 RPM record labels: Llobet, Barrios, Pujol, Sainz de la Maza, Yupanqui, Falu, Otermin, Ezcaray, Pierri, Luna, Oyanguren, Ladru, Chazaretta, Pardo, Veron, Diana Lavalle, Aguirre, etc.
-In-depth views of the early days of the recording industry.
-From the archives of: Mario Rodriguez Arenas, Ricardo Muñoz, Domingo Prat, Segundo N. Contreras, Blanca Prat, César Bo, Pedro Mascaro y Reissig, Eduardo Bensadon, Rosendo Barreiro.
-Hundreds of 19th and early 20th-century sheet music covers, including the history of how 20th-century European publishers acquired rare 18th and 19th-century sheet music editions from dozens of child prodigies playing live on radio.
-The Guitar in Uruguay, early Argentine and Uruguayan guitar societies and the monthly magazines they spawned.
-Early Guitar Collector Books written by the auction appraisers.
-The 11-String Guitar in the Rio de la Plata.
-Interviews by Héctor Garcia Martinez with: Atahualpa Yupanqui, Noemi Toulouse, Maria Herminia Antola de Gomez Crespo, (Victor Villadango’s professor), Blanca Prat, Luisa Camacho and Luis Mendoza.
-Interview by Richard “Rico” Stover with Lalyta and Lila Almiron.
-Additional materials: 1858 Antonio de Torres guitar photos, Francisco Simplicio Catalog of all models and workshop photos, Enrique Sanfeliu Catalog of all models, Exports of Manuel Ramirez, Domingo Esteso, Juan Galan Catalog, 19th century Antigua Casa Nuñez ads, in-depth view of the guitarmakers of Argentina and Uruguay, involvement of Japanese guitarists in the Classical Guitar World of Argentina, 7 year study programs for Domingo Prat and Antonio Sinopoli students.