Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

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Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by David Norton » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:01 pm

According to multiple Facebook posts, Rico Stover passed away yesterday. Here's the GFA post:
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I studied with Stover at Northridge University 1980-83, but we didn't really maintain contact after that. He leaves a deep legacy of research and writings.
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 1919

Post by Frank Nordberg » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:53 pm

That is sad to hear. I only know Stover from his Barrios editions but they alone are more than enough to secure his reputation among classical guitar lovers and indeed all lovers of classical music.
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by RobMacKillop » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:34 pm

Very sorry to hear this, but his life was well lived. I still prefer his early Barrios volumes over the new two-volume complete edition. Mine are dog-eared now.

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by Cass Couvelas » Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:54 pm

RobMacKillop wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:34 pm
I still prefer his early Barrios volumes over the new two-volume complete edition. Mine are dog-eared now.
I have the two-volume edition. In what ways does it differ from his earlier Barrios volumes (generally speaking)?
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by David Norton » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:16 pm

The two-volume set contains more pieces in total, which were found/recovered after the original four-volume set came out.

On the down side, significantly IMO, the two-volume requires a much heavier music stand, and is a hassle to use for playing. The older skinnier books don't cause this issue.
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by RobMacKillop » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:31 pm

And in many pieces that are common to both the old and new editions the notes are different, most significantly in Julia Florida. I prefer the earlier version, though admit that might be because that's how I learned it first.

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by RobMacKillop » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:32 pm

And many fingerings are also different.

But we are lucky to have so much great repertoire from a great player-composer, thanks to Rico!

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by Steve Ganz » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:49 pm

Just a personal note. Rico was a nice person to chat with. I bumped into him at a few guitar festivals and conventions, where he was always friendly.
He loved the guitar and seemed to enjoy life.
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by powderedtoastman » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:09 pm

RobMacKillop wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:32 pm
And many fingerings are also different.

But we are lucky to have so much great repertoire from a great player-composer, thanks to Rico!
Yes I remember looking at a couple pieces in both editions and the second one had some nearly impossible fingerings where the first one was quite manageable. It might be worth another look now that I've gotten a bit more playing time under my belt, and maybe I will be able to grasp why one might choose the more difficult fingering.

At any rate, those editions are great and it's sad to hear of his passing.

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by Ray » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:53 am

So far nobody has mentioned what a great guitarist and Barrios player Rico Stover was!! He wasn't a clean super-fast virtuoso like John Williams but he played Barrios with tremendous authentic style and flair.

I loved how he played the Danza Paraguaya and Maxixe for me once at a GFA Convention years ago. He knew many Barrios pieces by heart. He was always energetic, upbeat and positive and he had an immense joie de vivre! :D

He will be truly missed. RIP

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by Ray » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:56 am

David Norton wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:16 pm
The two-volume set contains more pieces in total, which were found/recovered after the original four-volume set came out.

On the down side, significantly IMO, the two-volume requires a much heavier music stand, and is a hassle to use for playing. The older skinnier books don't cause this issue.
Yes the score layouts in the new 2 Volume Mel Bay edition are absolutely terrible. something about the larger music font and the way the sections of the pieces are organized just does not work. What a shame. :(

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by Lawler » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:37 am

Met him once at a lecture he gave about his Barrios research at my school's guitar literature class. I especially remember his passion for the subject (and for music scholarship in general).

RIP Richard. Well done, sir.

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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by LarryATahoe » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:14 am

I hung out with Rico in Mexico and communicated with him every once in a while in the early 2000s. He told me he and his wife lived in Tahoe in the 80s I think it was and he once dealt blackjack at Crystal Bay just down the road from me!
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by Dave » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:23 pm

RIP Rico, I've enjoyed your publications for many years, thanks for your hard work.
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Re: Richard "Rico" Stover, 1945 - 2019

Post by fast eddie » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:05 pm

I bought acrylic nails from him about 1 year ago and can say that he was honest and a gentleman. He will be missed.
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