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1902 Guitar Lessons at the Agustin Andrés Guitar Workshop

Rafael Marin (1862-) teaches Flamenco Guitar

by: Randy Osborne - Published 08/08/2022 9:28 PM and updated 08/04/2023 3:53 PM

In the daily "El Imparcial" (Madrid. 1867), May 1, 1901, on page 3, is the mention of an event held at the Tivoli theater in which Rafael Marin, who had a reputation as a composer and guitarist, had organized a Grand Concert of Cante and Baile of Flamenco. (Singing and Dancing)

On November 1, 1902 Rafael Marin who published his Flamenco Guitar method book in 1902, opens his Academia de Flamenco and Classical Guitar at the Agustin Andrés (1870-) Guitar Workshop.

In the "El Liberal" (Madrid. 1879). on December 1, 1902, page 4., and as well in the "El Heraldo de Madrid. December 2,1902, page 4, on the next day, it mentions that there is such a demand by Miguel Llobet's admirers, for a 2nd concert to be held on December 3, 1902 at the "La Comedia" theatre, that tickets were available at the Agustin Andrés (1870-) Guitar Workshop. Master guitar maker, Santos Hernandez, says he was at this concert in his 1943 interview. The quoted image is a translation by my colleague, Richard Bruné, from his 2007 Vintage Guitar article in the , Guitars with Guts column, 1943 Santos Hernandez interview.

Two weeks after the Miguel Llobet concert in the "El País" (Madrid. 1887). December 17, 1902, page 4. there is a different ad for "Ruffini" high grade strings. Apparently, they were counterfeited, so he had certificates that came with the purchase.

In this daily newspaper "El Liberal" (Madrid. 1879). December 21, 1902, page 4, we see the text is written in the Vosotros conjugation, used in the church, Bible, as well as on the street, at the end of mention the Christmas season, it also states: "Come see the exposition of guitars dedicated to Francisco Tarrega, today, Sunday."

In the "El Liberal" (Madrid. 1879). January 26, 1904, page 4. the ad states:"The great Tarrega says: This is the best guitar maker's workshop in Spain."

In the daily "El País" (Madrid. 1887), May 10, 1904, on page 4, there is an ad for the Rafael Marin Flamenco Guitar method book, and a piano version of a new Guajira, "El Cimarron" , with 2 addresses to acquire it, the 2nd from the publisher, 2 days later in "El País" (Madrid. 1887) May 12, 1904, on page 4, the same ad appeared, with another unknown guitarist advertising to play at your home in an adjacent ad. In the "El País" (Madrid. 1887), from May 24, 1904, on page 4, the same ad appeared, with repeated insertions on May, 26-28th, 1904.

In the "El País" (Madrid. 1887). October 26, 1904, page 4., there is an ad for the Rafael Marin Flamenco Guitar method book , with 2 addresses to acquire it, the 2nd from the publisher.

In the "El País" (Madrid. 1887)., on May 7, 1905, page 8. Moderna becomes Modernista in the shop name, with Torres braced guitars and old guitars now available mentioned at the bottom.

Agustin Andres eventually had advertisements mentioning he would ship desired instruments to the provinces of Spain and overseas. In 1908 he went to Paris and worked alongside Julien Gomez Ramirez and Manuel Rodriguez Perez fabricating high grade guitars at rue Puteaux 7, Paris. Both Julien Gomez Ramirez and Manuel Rodriguez Perez had been working for Agustin Andrés in 1905 in Madrid.

From the "1904 Anuario del comercio, de la industria, de la magistratura y de la administración" (Madrid) in Madrid is a listing of 10 guitar makers.

In the "El País" (Madrid. 1887) on November 9, 1903, página 4, we see an image of a guitar with the advertisement of his method book for Flamenco Guitar, and his apparent address of Moratin No. 7, Madrid.

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