|born on||17 March 1893 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )|
|Place||Linares, Spain, 38n05, 3w38|
|Timezone||LMT m3w38 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||27°25' 22°00 Asc. 02°29'|
Spanish guitarist, one of the world's foremost classical guitarists with his remarkable virtuosity and musicianship. From the time of his 1910 debut in Madrid, he helped elevate the guitar to importance as a solo classical instrument on a par with the piano, violin and cello. He also won for himself a place among the most influential performers of the 20th century.
As a youth in Linares, Andres studied the violin briefly but was unmoved by the instrument. It was the guitar that spoke to his ear and his heart. Apart from a few lessons from a strolling flamenco player, he was self-taught. His tastes ran to sophisticated Spanish music, baroque music and works by contemporary guitar masters.
Behind his bland, avuncular exterior, Segovia was a man of strong feelings. He distained the electric guitar and denounced rock music as a "strange and terrible disease." He practiced five hours daily and even in his 90's was still playing up to 60 concerts a year around the world. He was also a tireless teacher.
Segovia married three times. He wrote his memoir, "Segovia," in 1976.
He died 6/02/1987 in Madrid, Spain.
Marcello Borges quotes Segovia's biographer, Graham Wade, a good friend of the Maestro who wrote many books on him. Wade says, "Unfortunately there is no birth certificate of Segovia surviving that I am aware of and the Segovia archives in Linares do not have one either. What we do have is a copy of Segovia's baptismal certificate which I have quoted in full on p.29 of my biography of Segovia, "A New Look at Segovia, His Life, His Music," Vol 1 (published Mel Bay). According to this certificate, Segovia was born on 17 March, 1893 at 6:30 PM, so this sounds very definite. Later, for whatever reason, Segovia chose 21 February as his "official" birthday."
(Formerly, Marcello Borges quoted him for the date that he himself used, February 21, 1893. Bordoni quotes Snethlage for February 21, 1893, 6:30 PM, no source.
(Formerly, PC gave February 18, 1894, speculative, with a time of 9:00 PM LMT. Old-file has same date, 9:45 PM. World Book and Americana Encyclopedias give February 17, 1893. Book of Who gives February 18, 1894 and NFM gives February 21, 1893.)
- Traits : Personality : Disciplined (Practiced five hours daily)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (World tours)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 94)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar virtuoso)
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Segovia)
- Notable : Book Collection : American Book