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The relationship of Amparo and José Iturbi with Eduardo López-Chavarri: a study through their correspondence

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Abstract 

This article aims to analyze the relationship between the versatile Valencian musician Eduardo López-Chavarri Marco (1871-1970) and the Iturbi brothers: Amparo (1898-1969) and José (1895-1980), Valencian pianists of great international renown in the first half of the 20th century. The main content of this work is based on Chavarri’s correspondence, focusing on the letters sent by José and Amparo. Thanks to these materials we obtain the information and, above all, the type of relationship established between the Iturbi brothers and Chavarri in the period from 1911 to 1965. Letters from other correspondents of Chavarri and some writings of the composer himself are also used, which broaden the panorama of such interaction. After the study is carried out, a double relationship is observed: a positive influence of Chavarri towards the brothers and, later on, of Amparo and José towards the Valencian composer. In addition, it is an interaction that covers various fields, due to the polyhedral character of the figure of Chavarri.

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López-Chavarri, Amparo Iturbi, José Iturbi, music of the first half of the 20th century, piano.

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