He was one of Francisco Tárrega’s favorite students and was also, in turn, the esteemed teacher of a young Narciso Yepes. Yet, we barely know anything about him or are familiar with his many beautiful works for guitar. Why this should be so is a good question. It seems that he put the capstone on late Romantic expression well within the context of a 20th century that no longer seemed to have any need for the tender charms of this type of music, perhaps preferring even to disparage it or to forget it. In any case, his works were lost for a time; and the story behind how they were rediscovered and subsequently published is fascinating!
I’m spending the weekend reading through the excellent four volume compilation of the guitar works of Estanislao Marco (1873 - 1954) by guitarist and composer, Jorge Orozco. This is an important body of work that Mr. Orozco has completed and it is a wonderful, new addition to our repertoire. I highly recommend these volumes to all.
(Incidentally, Rob MacKillop will be pleased to know that Estanislao Marco played without