Music: Teacher Is Satisfied

When young Andrés Segovia told his instructors at Spain's Granada Musical Institute that he wanted to study the guitar rather than the piano or violin, they sniffed. The guitar was an instrument for gypsies, not for a young man who had ambitions to be a musician. Besides, no one at the conservatory knew enough about the guitar to teach it. Teenager Segovia stubbornly set out to teach himself.

In Paris last week, as chubby, greying Andrés Segovia began his 41st year as a concert artist, there was no longer any question about the guitar's status as a concert instrument. For Segovia fans,...

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