Editorial La mà de guido
Carrer de Sant Pau, 54
08201 Sabadell (Barcelona)
Telephone: (+34) 93 725 70 52
Director and Founder: Llorenç Balsach (email@example.com)
La mà de guido is a music publishing house in Barcelona founded in 1984 by the composer Llorenç Balsach i Peig, born in Sabadell in 1953. The name, La mà de guido (Guido’s Hand), comes from the hand-shaped mnemonic system which supposedly used the monk Guido de Arezzo to teach music: the Guidonian Hand.
In fact, the original activity of the Company was the creation of a computer programme (La mà de guido Music Setting System) to make computer scores. In 1984, this software won the Simolog prize for the best computer programme and in 1986 was presented at an international level in the Frankfurt Musical Fair, becoming one of the three first professional programmes used at a world level by music publishing houses everywhere.
In 1988, La mà de guido commenced its own musical publications focussing on works by Catalonian composers of all times, works which, mostly, saw the light for the first time. Since then, the publishing house has published unknown works of authors from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
In 1995, with the intention to materialise in sound its printed editions, La mà de guido started its recording publications and soon specialised in the recovery of the Iberian musical legacy, with first recordings of composers like Francesc Valls, Juan Bautista Comes, Joan Cererols, Pedro Rabassa, Alonso Lobo, Pedro Tintorer, Eduard Toldrà, Juan Manén, Ricard Lamote de Grignon and so on.
A year and a half afterwards, in 1996, to also give room to a wider and miscellaneous international musical repertoire, besides creating a collection of current music, the Company created the label Ars Harmonica.
In 2004, La mà de guido began a recording line to recover historic records of Spanish musicians, thanks to which, restored recording of musicians like Isaac Albéniz, Enric Granados, Joaquín Malats, Frank Marshall, Eduard Toldrà, Pau Casals, Juan Manén and Joan Massià could be heard.
Since the beginning and until June 2017, the publishing house has published about 460 scores, 3 books and some 400 records. In 2013, it received the Codalario Prize for the Best Musical Publication.