Juan Francisco Pedestro
was born at the 18. 4. 1846 as son of a engin driver in Alcalá near Madrid.
He began with the guitar playing relatively late, namely with 16 years. Beside
his technical study in Madrid, he got a basic education on the guitar at Francisco
Tárrega and composition at Isaac Albéniz. It may be that the
relatively late beginning of the guitar-education was decisive for his
decision to become a technical enginieer. Juan Francisco Pedestro
made quick career in his occupation quickly and was a leader the of the
Building and Construction Department of the Spanish railroad-management in
Madrid up to his tragic death.
met his wife Elisabeth, an Austrian woman, during an one year long stay 1878
in Wiener Neustadt / Austria where he completed a practical course in the at
that time world-famous Wiener Neustädter Lokomotivfabrik. The three spanish
romances are dedicated to Elisabeth.
With his friend Enrique Granados, a famous Spanish composer of the late-romantic, that he accompanied togetherwith his wife to the premiere of his opera Goyescas, connected him a tragic fate. He sunk together with him and his wife on the ship Sussex at the 24. 3. 1916, torpedoed on a trip over the Channel of a German warship. This malignant attack on a civilian ship led the Austrian of Hungarian monarchy to the war-admission of the USA and in the consequence to the downfall.
Madrid, 19.7.1888, Nueva Version para Elisabeth
a service of
Stand: 13. October 2001