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E. Shand: A Fragment (sheet music)
A Fragment. I just recently discovered the music of Ernest Shand! How strange that I never heard his music before! I think he deserves more attention.
Ernest Shand (born Ernest William Watson; 1868 – 1924) was an English performer and composer for the classical guitar, as well as a music-hall singer and actor. Despite his success, the guitar was a relatively small niche in England. Shand made his living mainly from acting in music halls, and only late in life was persuaded by his wife and friends to take up the guitar professionally. Even then he had to return to acting after he had lost money in a studio and advertising business. As an actor, he travelled as far as Australia, where he also gave guitar recitals. Shand moved to London in 1896, where he was elected to the Senate of the London Guild of Violinists and gave a well-received series of performances at the Royal College of Music. During one of his tours, he was apparently attacked by an aggrieved Russian and sustained severe injuries that affected him for the rest of his life. I hope this will make more guitarists play his music.
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