By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza
Octavio Santa Cruz
La guitarra en el Perú: bases para su historia
(Lima: Noche de Sol, 2004)
Illustr. – 152 pp.
Octavio Santa Cruz started his research work in the 1970s prompted by the lack of scholarly works and recordings on the Peruvian music written for the guitar. He went on to interview guitar masters (or their families), to thoroughly revise scores and documents treasured by collectors and to look for historical documentation in libraries, archives, museums and cultural institutions, collecting and analysing all the information he found in his research.
In the 1990s, the author presented some of the results of his study in his PhD thesis at the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima.
His 2004 book spans from Matías Maestro's works dating back to the end of the colonial period and those of Pedro Ximénes Abril Tirado during the Republic, to the ones by Juan Brito Ventura and Oscar Zamora in the 20th century.
Article. "La guitarra en el Perú: bases para su historia", in La guitarra en el Perú [es].