amade wrote:Is anyone aware of an early Spanish publication of Tárrega's Pavana in E major? The available editions seem to postdate 1958. Daniel Fortea seems to have published an 'edited' version circa 1930, but that edition is rare and apparently has not been republished.
Melchior Rodriguez included it in the Soneto "Obras Completas" series - it's in Volume IV.
These volumes are (apparently) based on manuscript copies where there are no early prints - unfortunately, whilst the editors are pleased to inform us of the huge importance of their work in correcting previous errors and discrepancies, there is absolutely zero information given regarding the source of each manuscript, its history and authenticity or any editorial changes made to the texts.
In short (and whilst I have no doubt that manuscripts do indeed lie at the heart of the collection) the Soneto series does little more than compound the previous confusion amongst users - we have no way to tell if these versions are any more authentic than the ones we already used.
I fear that the "Pavana" falls in the same territory as "Lagrima" i.e. several versions, all in Tárrega's hand and all slightly different, given to various pupils when required for a lesson and which were published after his death without reference to any source.
You could try writing to Soneto directly for more information. I seem to remember Rodriguez buying a huge job-lot of manuscripts - maybe back in the 1980s - so perhaps there is some documentation out there - an auction listing, something like that.