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Six Silver Moonbeams: The Life and Times of Agustin Barrios Mangore Paperback – May, 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Querico Pubns (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963223313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963223319
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P.K. Frary TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2014
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I first heard the music of Agustín Barrios (1885-1944) in the mid-1970s. The curious fusion of Classical, folk and popular styles in pieces such as Vals, Op. 8, No. 4, Un sueño en la floresta and Maxixe immediately drew me to his compositions. Back in the day, the drone of Sor, Carcassi, Villa-Lobos and Tarrega in practice rooms and masterclasses was omnipresent. The discovery of Barrios offered fresh and exciting sounds and guitarists flocked to the groundbreaking editions of Richard Stover. Today Barrios is a staple of the repertoire, but most guitarists know little about Barrios as a man and musician. Stover's monograph, Six Silver Moonbeams, reveals Barrios for all to read and ponder.

Six Silver Moonbeams is a well written and researched biography of Agustín Barrios, one of the finest guitarist-composers of the last century. Many interesting aspects of Barrios' life--travels, loves, concerts, recordings, poetry, drawings, compositions, etc.--are exhibited, expounded upon and documented by Stover for the first time.

Stover surveys the life of Barrios in eight chapters: "Youth in Paraguay," "The Artist Matures," "The Journey to Greatness," "Cacique Nisuga Mangoré," "The Last Years," "Barrios the Artist," "Barrios the Man" and "Barrios the Composer." He includes appendices of recordings, guitars and compositions, and documents sources with extensive endnotes and a bibliography. The text is nicely enhanced with frequent photographs, concert posters and programs, letters, manuscripts and other original source materials.

Although the intent and organization of this book are scholarly, the writing style is simple and direct, making it an easy read for most classical guitar aficionados.
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Mr. Stover is a leading authority on the life and work of Barrios, and this book is an invaluable source of information...
Few understood the guitar like Barrios, and the legacy of his genius is a constant stimulus for those of us who love it..This book gives a definitive insight into the life and times of the man, and detailed analysis of his many compositions...Thouroughly recommended..
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This is a fine book for anyone interested in the music of the Americas or classical guitar. It presents the life and struggle for critical acceptance of this unusual and gifted man, and has insightful analysis of his music also, with emphasis on its use of the guitar's resources.
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Rico Stover has written a great great work here. The amount of research that he has done is amazing. You will learn everything about Barrios Mangore that you didn't already know. Lots of pictures and stories about his personal life and music. 5 stars from me.
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This book is a comprehensive and authoritative biography of the world's greatest guitarist and composer!
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