The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15038   Message #134919
Posted By: _gargoyle
12-Nov-99 - 12:34 AM
Thread Name: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
Subject: RE: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
A story told to me thirty years ago...relayed a the details of a Eastern U.S.A. performance (probably apocraphal) about Andre Segovia

He entered stage left....with a guitar in hand...he sat in a chair...and played an astounding piece....a brillant, dynamic opening number, the audience was awed,,,,,,and then he smashed the guitar to pieces / smiterins against the stage....and announced.

"Most of you probably assumed that I destroyed an heirloom antique, multi-thousand dollar insturment.... it was is one that I picked up and hour before the performance at a five and dime store for 30.00...... it is not the is the performer."

From what I understand of A.S. he was a very humble performer and it is difficult to invisage such a flambouyant demonstration....and is hard to predict anyone's outrage against ignorant critics on any given day.