Chris Delisa wrote:Gran Jota wasn't just copied from Arcas. I have the Arcas score and it's much shorter. Tarrega's jota incorporates passages from work by Jose Vinas and Luis de Soria as well.
Stephen Kenyon wrote:Is there do we know an online comparison study of this please?
It is worth stating that Tárrega himself never claimed the Jota variations as his own and that when he performed the work he could very well have included variants from several guitarists. He never sanctioned the work for print - this was undertaken by a "lively" publishing house after his death, more eager to profit from his name than to undertake a musicological investigation.
The only clue we have as to the source(s) used by the publisher is that the score was "revised" by Daniel Fortea. What does this mean? Did Fortea, like other Tárrega students, transcribe the maestro's playing directly? Did Tárrega scribble it down for him as well as he could recall? Remember, there are - for instance - several manuscript copies of Lagrima (also never sanctioned for publication), several in Tárrega's hand and all slightly different.
I haven't verified this but according to Chanterelle, variations 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 13, 16, 20 and 29 are directly lifted from Arcas as published
; of course, we don't know how many Arcas actually performed (or Tárrega heard).
Other episodes are very similar but differ in minor details (as might be expected when committing to paper at a later date).
The opening of Vinas' Recuerdos de Palma
is quite obviously the model for that of (let's say) Fortea's intro but again not an exact copy. More like a half remembered rendition, perhaps modified by Fortea according to his own playing?
As to Soria ... one mustn't forget that he was taught by Arcas ... and performed with Tárrega in duo. They were friends and could easily have swapped variations back and forth much as blues guitarists might do today. Either one of them laying claim to a particular riff might be seen as somewhat presumptuous.
Chris Delisa wrote:I'm going to compare the Arcas one to the Luis de Soria version.
Do you have a copy of the Juan Ayné print? I only have a modern version - be nice to see that first edition.