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Francisco Tárrega


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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 musicians. However, Tarrega was soon brought back by his father. [1],

He entered the Madrid Conservatory in 1874, under the sponsorship of a wealthy merchant named Antonio Canesa, where he studied composition under Emilio Arrieta. By the end of the 1870s, he was teaching the guitar (Emilio Pujol and Miguel Llobet were pupils of his) and giving regular concerts. A virtuoso on his instrument, he was known as the “Sarasate of the guitar”. He later settled in Barcelona, and died there in 1909.

As well as his original works for the guitar, which include Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Capricho Árabe and Danza Mora, he arranged pieces by others for the instrument, including works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Felix Mendelssohn. As with several of his Spanish contemporaries, such as his friend Isaac Albéniz, he had an interest in combining the prevailing Romantic trend in classical music with Spanish folk elements, and transcribed several of Albeniz’s piano pieces (notably the fiery Asturias (Leyenda)) for guitar. The noted contemporary guitarist and composer Angelo Gilardino has written that Tárrega’s 9 Preludios are “… the deepest musical thought of Tárrega in the most concentrated form.”


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  • Edward-zhang

    The master

    29 Sep 1:36pm Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Nice melodies on 'Capricho arabe'.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • trainsniffer

    This is such beautiful music

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • AristideKlopbk

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • beelzebub_7

    A guitar chopin [2]

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • differer

    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.

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • denisbastos

    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.

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • differer

    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.

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • icarokar

    El Grande entre Los Grandes.

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • barryvs


    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • oknarbtal

    a guitar chopin

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • minasi

    Adoro Tárrega!

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • blackang

    Listening to Recuerdos de la Alhambra totally transplants me into another plane of existence.. what I'd give to hear the original live by Francisco

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jenisx


    3 May 2010 Reply
  • Peppeworld

    one of the most important figures in the guitars history, yet the majority of guitar players have no clue about who he was...

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • sinisha

    Memories of The Alhambra is so captivating.... indeed a genius...

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • dubai28

    Good guy. Too bad he's still not alive today. I bet we would make really good friends, me and him. Thanks Frankie

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • matt15_bsas

    maestro de maestros

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • axelhellraiser

    the correct tag would be classical guitar, but the REAL tag is guitar genius!!!

    4 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Artur_UFRJ

    This is The Correct tag. Francisco Tárrega

    19 Jul 2009 Reply
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