In Search of Alberto Guerrero by John Beckwith

By John Beckwith

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In seek of Alberto Guerrero is the 1st complete biography of the influential Chilean-Canadian pianist and instructor (1886-1959), describing Guerrero’s lengthy profession as virtuoso recitalist, chamber track collaborator, concerto soloist, and instructor. Written by way of composer John Beckwith, who used to be a scholar of Guerrero, the ebook blends examine and memoir to piece jointly the lifetime of a guy who as soon as insisted he had no tale.

Guerrero was once a part of the highbrow scene that brought Chileans to Debussy, Ravel, Cyril Scott, Scriabin, and Schoenberg. He and his brother performed an energetic position in founding the Sociedad Bach in Santiago. In 1918 Guerrero moved to Toronto, making the Hambourg Conservatory, and later the Toronto (now Royal) Conservatory, his new base. He quickly grew to become considered one of Canada’s so much energetic pianists. In what used to be then a singular task, he performed general radio recitals from the mid-1920s to the early Fifties. He was once additionally deeply engaged with concerns in piano pedagogy, and labored with younger abilities together with Canada’s much-acclaimed Glenn Gould. yet in contrast to the shadowy position Guerrero is assigned in Gould biographies, right here he's given right credits for his technical and aesthetic impact at the younger Gould and on different impressive musicians and composers.

Guerrero left few written documents, and documentation of his paintings via others is incomplete and infrequently misguided. Aiming for a fuller and extra exact account of this remarkably influential and well-loved guy, Beckwith’s In seek of Alberto Guerrero provides an insider’s tale of the Canadian classical tune scene in mid-twentieth-century Toronto, and will pay homage to the influential musician William Aide has known as an “unsung progenitor.”

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Guerrero’s performance of the Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue was described as “a brilliant and fully understood interpretation”; this work became a staple of his repertoire in the years to come. As a teacher of composition, Guerrero is repeatedly acknowledged by his contemporaries in Chile. In this period he also evidently began teaching piano performance, which became the dominant specialty of his later career in Canada. ”35 Guerrero always resisted the idea of a method or system of teaching; Leng’s remark may have simply meant that he followed no standard pedagogical convention.

A copy of Cuatro preludios para piano, a short published work by Leng, was inscribed by the composer as follows: “To my dear brother Alberto García Guerrero, affectionately, A. ”66 Leng and Santa Cruz both made periodic tours to North America for professional meetings and performances, and apparently visited Guerrero in Toronto during their travels. Leng records, in a short memoir, that he was in the audience for Glenn Gould’s 1947 performance of Beethoven’s Concerto no. 67 A note from Leng’s widow, María Eugenia Cuevas Mackenna, and sisterin-law, Carmen Cuevas Mackenna, recalls Leng’s visit with Guerrero in Toronto at that time.

66 Leng and Santa Cruz both made periodic tours to North America for professional meetings and performances, and apparently visited Guerrero in Toronto during their travels. Leng records, in a short memoir, that he was in the audience for Glenn Gould’s 1947 performance of Beethoven’s Concerto no. 67 A note from Leng’s widow, María Eugenia Cuevas Mackenna, and sisterin-law, Carmen Cuevas Mackenna, recalls Leng’s visit with Guerrero in Toronto at that time. 68 At one of my lessons in the late 1940s, I remember, Guerrero placed on the music rack a new piano piece he had just received by post from Leng (not the Cuatro preludios), and asked me to sight-read it.

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