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Emilio Pujol

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Emili Pujol Vilarrubí (September 10, 1886 - November 21, 1980) was a composer and the leading twentieth century musicologist and classical guitar teacher.

Emili Pujol was born in the little village of Granadella just outside Lleida, Spain.
He began his studies with Francisco Tárrega at the Conservatory of Barcelona in 1901, when he was fifteen years of age.
At this time, Miquel Llobet was making his debut as a concert artist outside Barcelona.
Pujol fondly remembered his first encounter with Tárrega and in his biography of his teacher, he described his mestre in very endearing, romantic terms.

During the war years 1914-1918 he did not travel much and mainly remained in Catalonia.
In 1918 he undertook his first tour of South America, starting in Buenos Aires.
The only major interruptions in his concert travels were his marriage to Matilda Cuervas in Paris, an Andalusian singer and guitarist, and the period of time he devoted to historical research in Paris into the instrumental predecessors of the guitar.
The beginning signs of World War II, also prevented him from continuing his concert career.

From 1935 through 1940, Pujol continued giving a few concerts and lectures as well as pursuing his research in Spain, London and Paris.
By 1941, he was back in Spain until 1946, preparing the volume covering the composer for vihuela Luis de Narváez for the series Monumentos de la Musica Española (Vol. III).
The volume was eventually followed by volumes covering Alonso Mudarra (1949) and Valderrábano (1963) in the series.
Prior to his death, Pujol had begun work on the largest of vihuela music books, the Orphenica Lyra by Miguel Fuenllana, published in 1554.

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