You are in for a treat, my friend - Ernest Shand wrote some of the most beautiful guitar music with gorgeous harmony. Sadly Shand was brilliant at a time when the guitar was really out of fashion in Britain - he had to fall back on his 'day job' of being an actor and Music Hall (Vaudeville)comedian.
That's an interestng thought but I think fairly unlikely. According to Yates, although Shand published his last volume of guitar music as late as 1910 he'd actually given up performing on the guitar by 1901. I don't think there's evidence of very much recording of the guitar before this. Agustin Barrios wasn't the first guitarist to make recordings (he began in 1909) but certainly the first to do it on any scale.Martin wrote: ↑Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:35 pmWhat I've always wondered is, since Shand was obviously familiar and comfortable with the recording technology of his day, was he ever persuaded to take his guitar into the studio and record his own compositions? Are there a collection of wax cylinders in the basement of a library or museum somewhere that predate the recordings of Barrios and Llobet? What a marvellous find that would be!
We can but hope...
It seems to be well out of print. I have both it and the Japanese edition.
According to Yates he was beaten up in his dressing room by an unknown assailant and then began receiving abusive letters. Was his death the consequence of the beating? Apparently he went on composing after the end of his stage career, but these works are lost!
Jon tells the whole story in the radio programme - he was beaten very badly by a Russian Sailor, who objected to Shand singing how great Britain is. He went to his dressing room and accused Shand of insulting Mother Russia. Shand never recovered from this horrific beating, and it eventually killed him. As I say - Jon tells the whole story, much better than me!pogmoor wrote: ↑Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:57 pmAccording to Yates he was beaten up in his dressing room by an unknown assailant and then began receiving abusive letters. Was his death the consequence of the beating? Apparently he went on composing after the end of his stage career, but these works are lost!