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Emilio Pujol

7 apr 1886 (Granadella) - 15 nov 1980 (LĂ©rida)
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Emili Pujol Vilarrubí (September 10, 1886 - November 21, 1980) was a composer and the leading twentieth century musicologist and classical guitar teacher.



Emili Pujol was born in the little village of Granadella just outside Lleida, Spain. He began his studies with Francisco Tárrega at the Conservatory of Barcelona in 1901, when he was fifteen years of age. At this time, Miquel Llobet was making his debut as a concert artist outside Barcelona. Pujol fondly remembered his first encounter with Tárrega and in his biography of his teacher, he described his mestre in very endearing, romantic terms.

During the war years 1914-1918 he did not travel much and mainly remained in Catalonia. In 1918 he undertook his first tour of South America, starting in Buenos Aires. The only major interruptions in his concert travels were his marriage to Matilda Cuervas in Paris, an Andalusian singer and guitarist, and the period of time he devoted to historical research in Paris into the instrumental predecessors of the guitar. The beginning signs of World War II, also prevented him from continuing his concert career.

From 1935 through 1940, Pujol continued giving a few concerts and lectures as well as pursuing his research in Spain, London and Paris. By 1941, he was back in Spain until 1946, preparing the volume covering the composer for vihuela Luis de Narváez for the series Monumentos de la Musica Española (Vol. III). The volume was eventually followed by volumes covering Alonso Mudarra (1949) and Valderrábano (1963) in the series. Prior to his death, Pujol had begun work on the largest of vihuela music books, the Orphenica Lyra by Miguel Fuenllana, published in 1554. He considered this book to be the pinnacle of the vihuela school and regarded Fuenllana as the final spokesman for this brief courtly instrumental period in Spanish music.

In 1946, Pujol began his guitar classes at the Lisbon Conservatory of Music which continued through to 1969, perhaps the first instance of guitar instruction being included in an academic institution. During this period he was involved in giving master classes (in 1953 he was personally invited by Andrés Segovia to give classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana) and adjudicating guitar competitions. Also at this time, Pujol's first wife Matilde Cuervas died (1956) and seven years later he married Maria Adelaide Robert, a noted Portuguese pianist and singer who greatly assisted him in his final years.

Beginning in the summer of 1965, Pujol launched his International Courses of Guitar, Lute and Vihuela in the city of Lleida, Spain. This event became quite popular and was attended by students and teachers from throughout the world. It was repeated every summer over a ten year period, and in 1972 it was moved to the thirteenth-century village of Cervera.

His words on Tàrrega's School of Guitar are also applicable to his own spirit which constantly strived to “resolving in advance all the problems which can arise out of the diverse elements which contribute to the performance of a work: instrument, hands and spirit.”

Prominent students

Selected list of compositions

Original compositions

124 original compositions (Joan Riera)


Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra Vol I-IV

  • El Abejorro,
  • Ondinas,
  • Canción de Cuna,
  • Barcarolle,
  • Cubana,
  • Impromptu,
  • Piezas Españolas,
  • Pieza nº 2 (Guajira o Evocación Cubana),
  • Pieza nº 3 (Tango Español),
  • Preludios,
  • Scottish Madrileño,
  • Sevilla,
  • Danzas Españolas,
  • Tango,
  • Tonadilla
  • Guajira
  • La Libelula
  • Etude Romantico
  • Variations on a theme by Aguado
  • Etude Romantico
  • Festivola

Solo guitar

  • ME 7899 Aquelarre (Danse des sorcières - 1969) Pujol n°1246,
  • ME 7028 Atardecer (Crépuscule) Pujol n°1229,
  • ME 7238 Barcarolle Pujol n°1235,
  • ME 7580 Becqueriana (Endecha) Pujol n°1240,
  • ME 3130 Cancion de Cuna (Berceuse) Pujol n°1203,
  • ME 7884 Canto de Otono (Chant d’automne) Pujol n°1245,
  • ME 7939 Cap i Cua (Variation désuète sur l’exercice 19 d’Aguado) Pujol n°1248,
  • ME 7848 Caprice varié sur un thème d’Aguado Pujol n°1242,
  • ME 7541 Endecha a la Amada Ausente Pujol n°1238,
  • ME 2186 Étude n°1 Pujol n°1200,
  • ME 2187 Étude n°2 Pujol n°1201,
  • ME 2188 Étude n°3 Pujol n°1202,
  • ME 3128 Exercices en formes d’études, 1. Cahier Pujol n°1221,
  • ME 7847 2. Cahier Pujol n°1243,
  • ME 2189 Impromptu Pujol n°1206,
  • ME 7579 La Libelula Pujol n°1239,
  • ME 2586-88 Trois Morceaux espagnols:
  • 1. Tonadilla,
  • 2. Tango,
  • 3. Guajira Pujol n°1204,
  • ME 3129 Pequena Romanza Pujol n°1222,
  • ME 7885 Pizzicato Pujol n°1247,
  • ME 7236 Deux Préludes Pujol n°1233,
  • ME 7027 Rapsodie Valenciana Pujol n°1228,
  • ME 2190 Sevilla (Evocation) Pujol n°1205,
  • ME 7030 Triquilandia (Jugando al Escondite) Pujol n°1231,
  • ME 7237 2e Triquilandia:
  • 1. Œdipe et le Sphinx,
  • 2. Variation,
  • 3. Jeu,
  • 4. La Plume de perdreau,
  • 5. Branle bourguignon Pujol n°1234,
  • ME 7533 3e Triquilandia,
  • 1. Le Petit Grenadier,
  • 2. Cantilène,
  • 3. Valse Pujol n°1241,
  • ME 7991 Triptyque campagnard (1971):
  • 1. Aube,
  • 2. Bucolique,
  • 3. Fête Pujol n°1249,
  • ME 7883 Variations sur un thème obsédant Pujol n°1244,
  • ME 7029 Veneciana Pujol n°1230,

Guitar duos

  • ME 8046 Canaries (Canarios), air de danse populaire ancienne Pujol n°1415,
  • ME 8081-01 Duet (étude) Pujol n°1417a,
  • ME 6942 Manola del Avapies (Tonadilla) Pujol n°1403,
  • ME 7239 Ricercare Pujol n°1409,
  • ME 8081 Tyrolienne (Tirolesa) Pujol n°1417b,

(Verleger: Max Eschig Paris)


275 transcriptions (Juan Riera)

Guitar duo

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963). Waltzes, arr from the piano Paris : Editions M. Eschig, c1970.


Recordings by Emilio Pujol

Compositions by Emilio Pujol

  • 3CD recording of Pujol compositions by students of Alberto Ponce
  • Claudio Marcotulli *(1958) Publisher: Genova, Italy : Dynamic, [2002 Program notes and biographical notes in Italian, English, and French and German (19 p. : portrs.) inserted in container. Contents: Seguidilla—Canción amatoria—Tango—Studio in si minore—Barcarolle—Romanza—Preludio romantico—Guajira—Homenaje a Tárrega—Ondinas—Canción de cuna—Manola del Avapies (tonadilla) -- El cant dels Ocels—Paisaje—Cubana—Studio romantico—Festivola—Scottish madrilène—Salve. Publisher Number: Dynamic CDS 395


Musicologic works by Emilio Pujol

  • Emilio Pujol: El Dilema Del Sonido en la Guitarra. 4 editions:
    • Hamburg : Trekel, c1975. 1975 German 28, iv, [i] p. ///Das Dilemma des Klanges bei der Gitarre / Emilio Pujol ; hrsg. u. mit e. Vorw. vers. von Wolf Moser ; [Dt. von Wolf Moser]. Publisher:Hamburg : Trekel, c1975. Edition Date:1975Language:GermanNotes:Translation of Dilema del sonido en la guitarra. Cover title. Physical Details:28, iv, [i] p. ; 21 cm. Other Authors:Moser, Wolf.
    • Buenos Aires, Ricordi Americana [1960] 1960 Spanish 84 p
    • Buenos Aires : Ricordi Americana, c1960. 1960 Spanish Ed. corr. y amp., con texto inglés y francés. 84 p.
    • Buenos Aires, Ricerdi Americana [1960] 1960 Spanish Edición corregida y ampliada. con texto inglés y francés. 84 p (?? 1960/1966. OCLC: 1061872 / 1960 OCLC: 58964343)
  • Emilio Pujol: La guitare, in Encyclopédie de la Musique et Dictionnaire du Conservatoire, second part, vol. III, Delagrave. Paris 1926 - pp. 2011–12.
  • Emilio Pujol: La guitarra y su historia; conferencia. Publisher: Buenos Aires, Casa Romero y Fernandez [1932] Edition Date: 1932 Language: Spanish 47 p. illus. OCLC: 48131009
  • Emilio Pujol: Tárrega - Ensayo biográfico. Los Talleres Gráficos de Ramos, Afonso & Moita, Lda., Lisboa 1960. 1.100 Ejemplares. 2nd edition : Publisher: S.l. : s.n. (Valencia : Artes Gráficas Soler), 1978, Language:Spanish, Notes:"Obras de Tárrega para guitarra": p. 259-[267] Includes indexes. Physical Details:265, [2] p. : ill. ; 26 cm. ISBN 84-300-0090-9 OCLC 5287791

Early music editions

  • Emilio Pujol - Tres libros de música en cifra para vihuela : (Sevilla, 1546) / Alonso Mudarra; transcripción y estudio por Emilio Pujol. (Spanish) : Book Edition:Reimpresión de la primera edición de 1949. Publisher: Barcelona : Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1984 Physical Details:135 p., [4] p. de lám. : poco il., fot. ; 33 cm. Edited from a photocopy of an ed. in the Biblioteca del Escorial (15-VI-43). Modern notation. Physical Details:viii, 99 p., 135 p. of music, 4 p. of plates : facsims. ; 32 cm. Series:Monumentos de la música española ; Other Titles:Libros de música en cifra. ISBN 84-00-05680-9 OCLC: 39171049
  • Emilio Pujol - Los seys libros del Delphin, de música de cifra para tañer vihuela by Luis de Siglo XVI Nerváez; Type: Spanish Publisher: Barcelona : Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1945. OCLC: 48310460
  • Emilio Pujol - Libro de música de vihuela, institulado Silva de sirenas (Valladolid, 1547) : transcripcíon y estudio por Emilio Pujol. by Enríquez Valderrábano; Emilio Pujol Publisher: Barcelona : C.S.I.C. Instituto español de musicología, 1965. OCLC: 67466655


  • Emilio Pujol: Poemes Publisher: Lleida : Cátedra de Cultura Catalana Samuel Gili i Gaya, Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs de l'Excma. Diputació Provincial, 1976. Language: Catalan Notes: On cover: Poemes d'Emili Pujol. Physical Details: 79 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Series: Publicacions de l'Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs de l'Excma. Diputació Provincial de Lleida Serie Càtedra Cultura Catalana Gili Gaya ; 29 ISBN 84-00-03504-6 OCLC: 4229333

Guitar School by Emilio Pujol

A guitar method based on the principles of Francisco Tarrega comprising of four historical and technical volumes:

  • Emilio Pujol: Escuela razonada de la guitarra : basada en los principos de la técnica de Tárrega Type: Spanish : Book Publisher: Buenos Aires : Ricordi Americana, ©1954. OCLC 55156339

Publications about Emilio Pujol

  • Renata Borgatti: Due aspetti del romanticismo: Schumann e Chopin;[e] Apporto italiano alla chitarra classica [di] Emilio Pujol. Publisher: Siena, Ticci, 1953. Language: Italian Notes: "Riassunto delle conferenze tenute, con illustrazioni musicali, all'Accademia chigiana il 3, 4 e 13 Settembre 1953." Physical Details: 59 p. 25 cm. Series: Siena. Accademia musicale chigiana, Quaderni, 29 Publisher: Siena, Ticci, 1953. OCLC: 1913194
  • Curtis Nunley: Emilio Pujol : the guitar pedagogue in Escuela razonada de la guitarra, book one and the right hand technique written in El dilemma del sonido en la guitarra; Type: English: Book : Thesis/dissertation/manuscript; Publisher: 1993; OCLC: 31333907
  • Juan Riera: Emilio Pujol ... Type: Spanish : Book : Publisher: Lérida : Instituto de Estudios Ilerdenses de la Excma. Diputación Provincial de Lérida, Patronato de Estudios Locales José M.a Quadrado del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, [1974] ISBN 84-00-04029-5 OCLC: 2467063

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