Cifras selectas de guitarra: Guitar Music by Santiago de Murcia | Accent ACC24316

Cifras selectas de guitarra: Guitar Music by Santiago de Murcia

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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24316

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd September 2016



Hundreds of prints with guitar music were published in France and Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries. As such, it is all the more surprising that only nine books remain from Spain, the instrument’s country of origin. Half the surviving solo pieces for guitar come from Santiago de Murcia (1673-1737). Murcia’s fourth book, Cifras selectas de guitarra, dated 1722, only reappeared a few years ago in Santiago de Chile. It contains a multitude of Spanish variations.

“Our original intent was only to record pieces from the most recently discovered book, Cifras selectas. However, the more we delved into the matter, the more we grew curious as to the versions contained in the other books. We eventually wound up thinking about Sanz and his contemporaries and looked up his collection of similar dances. We failed to resist the temptation to ‘smuggle’ in some of his works to compare with Murcia’s. In the end, a representative sample of Santiago de Murcia’s works was formed. We have kept the title ‘Cifras selectas’, for the selection from a substantial collection became a selection from substantial life works.” -Pierre Pitzl

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