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date: 12 April 2021

Sainz de la Maza (y Ruiz), Regino locked

  • Ricardo Iznaola


(b Burgos, Sept 7, 1896; d Madrid, Nov 26, 1981). Spanish guitarist, teacher, and composer. He studied with Daniel Fortea, a student of Tárrega, and was strongly influenced by Llobet Soles. During the 1930s, 40s, and 50s he toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, and in some African countries. He also toured Japan in the 1950s. In 1940 Sainz de la Maza gave the première in Barcelona of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, dedicated to him and written at his instigation. He made the first recording of the work in the 1940s, with the Spanish National Orchestra under Ataulfo Argenta, and gave numerous performances of it in Europe and the Americas. Many other works were dedicated to him by other Spanish composers of the ‘Generación del 27’, among them Antonio José’s 1933 Sonata. Sainz de la Maza’s interpretations were admired for their rigour and elegance and a style that was according to Rodrigo, ‘as he was: lean, precise [and] to the point’....

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