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Francisco Tárrega (Francisto Tarrega y Eixea) (1852-11-21 - 1909-12-15) was a Spanish composer and guitarist.

Born in Villarreal, Spain, he fell into an irrigation channel when he was young, which rendered him nearly blind. Partially due to this accident, the family moved to Castellon and enrolled him in music classes. Both his first music teachers, Eugeni Ruiz and Manuel Gonzalez, were blind. In 1862, guitarist Julián Arcas heard the young prodigy and encouraged him to journey to Barcelona, a hub for… read more

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  • Me fanaticé con la guitarra gracias a Hendrix, lo que le llevó a comprar un libro que se llama La Enciclopedia de la guitarra. Gracias a ese libro descubrí a Tárrega. Cuándo escuché Capricho árabe por primera vez supe que no se trataba de Jimi, era que yo tenía un contrato espiritual con el instrumento.
  • uma magico
  • The master
  • Nice melodies on 'Capricho arabe'.
  • This is such beautiful music
  • http://www.last.fm/group/Chitarra+classica+-+Classical+guitar
  • A guitar chopin [2]
  • Just to be clear, I do think the melody is nice. But this is where you nailed it: "One must transcend the techniques of a song to really hear it as it is." It's incredibly difficult (for a musician, at least) to do this with any piece that focuses on a single playing technique as strongly as Recuerdos. Or then again, it may just be me.
  • That's because you probably can't hear the beautiful and profound melody - is in the tremolo, btw - in the song. And, no it is not a tremolo exercise, for Tárrega did not write it to be so, but is a complete piece of music, inspired on Washington Irwin's "Tales of the Alhambra". The song is full of meaning and emotion, therefore, a beautiful work of art. One must transcend the techniques of a song to really hear it as it is.
  • I must be the only person on earth who doesn't particularly like Recuerdos de la Alhambra. I've always had serious trouble in seeing it as anything more than what it actually is - an overlong tremolo exercise. Tárrega's many miniatures (Pavana, Lagrima, Adelita, Prelude in E, Mazurka in G etc.) are far more captivating to listen to AND interesting to play.

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