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Francisco Tárrega

  • Francisco Tárrega © CAGP/Iberfoto

    Francisco Tárrega © CAGP/Iberfoto






Date of birth

Nov 21, 1852

Date of death

Dec 15, 1909

"19th-century guitarist and composer, and the driving force behind the revival of the guitar as a concert instrument. He was a huge influence on 20th-century guitarists."

Francisco Asís Tárrega Eixea was born in Villarreal, Castellón in 1852. He studied guitar in Castellón with Julián Arcas, and later the piano and harmony in Madrid. In 1869, he acquired a really excellent instrument, made by Antonio Torres, which he played at concerts in Paris and London (1880). During the last few years of the 19th century he made several tours and also transcribed various classical pieces, adding some of his own work. As with his contemporaries in Spain, he was interested in combining the Romantic trend prevailing in classical music at the time with traditional Spanish elements. He stopped work in 1906 after an illness paralysed the right-hand side of his body. He died in Barcelona on 15 December, 1909.

Essential works

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    Memories of the Alhambra

    The guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega was inspired by a visit to the Alhambra in Granada two years previous in composing this piece.

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Other highlighted works

  • Danza mora
  • Capricho árabe
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