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FRANCISCO TARREGA  

(1852 - 1909)

Historically Francisco Tárrega is of immense significance in the development of the guitar over the last two centuries, in terms of both technical innovations and compositions. His advocacy of the new concepts of guitar construction embodied in the work of Antonio de Torres (1817–1892), the great Spanish luthier, has proved influential right up to the present day. The composer’s use of higher positions up the neck of the guitar and sonorous effects achieved by precisely indicated fingerings, created a new concept of the instrument. Working with the Torres type of instrument (with its enhanced tonal qualities, fan strutting, and a 650 millimetre string length), Tárrega established teaching methods including the most practical way of holding the guitar (using a footstool to raise the left leg), principles of left and right hand techniques, and studies to develop a player’s skills.

Furthermore, Tárrega composed some superb music for the instrument, meticulously indicating the precise placing of notes on the fingerboard to produce the most expressive effects. In these little masterpieces, often influenced by Chopin, he established a Spanish romantic voice for the guitar which has enchanted public and players ever since. Though he did not write a guitar tutor, his methods were propagated through his many students. Among these, Emilio Pujol (1886–1980) and Pascual Roch (1860–1921) wrote down his principles of pedagogy in volumes still in use today.

Francisco Tárrega was the most influential Spanish virtuoso performer of the nineteenth century. His output was modest, with just 78 original scores and 120 transcriptions—mostly for his own use—of the great classical compositions. Tárrega was also the first great arranger for guitar, transcribing works from composers such as J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Wagner, as well as pieces from Albéniz and Malats and other Spanish contemporaries.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Zauber der Klassischen Gitarre Naxos 8.503060

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Role: Classical Composer 
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19TH CENTURY GUITAR FAVOURITES Naxos
8.553007
Instrumental
BARRIOS MANGORE / VILLA-LOBOS / BROUWER: Guitar Music BIS
BIS-CD-340
Instrumental
Cavatina - Highlights from the Guitar Collection Naxos
8.554400
Instrumental
CAVATINA AND OTHER CLASSICAL GUITAR FAVOURITES Naxos
8.570066
Instrumental
CINEMA CLASSICS 2005 Naxos
8.556814
Instrumental
CLASSIC MOODS - HUMPERDINCK, E. / FAURE, G. / BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / PUCCINI, G. / GRIEG, E. / SCHUBERT, F. / PUCCINI, G. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C18411
Instrumental
CLASSIC MOODS - VIVALDI, A. / DOWLAND, J. / MALATS, J. / TARREGA, F. / ALBENIZ, I. / SOR, F. / SANZ, G. / BOCCHERINI, L. / CARULLI, F. Capriccio
C18417
Instrumental
FANGA DAGEN (Seize the Day) Naxos
8.578216
Instrumental
FAVOURITE GUITAR MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-233
Instrumental
Guitar Duet Recital: Rost, Monika / Rost, Jurgen – SOR, F. / GRANADOS, E. / ALBENIZ, I. / MORENO TORROBA, F. / TARREGA, F. / RUIZ-PIPO, A. Capriccio
C10174
Instrumental
GUITAR FAVORITES Naxos
8.553999
Instrumental
GUITAR MOMENTS Naxos
8.557712
Instrumental
Guitar Music - MILAN, L. / MUDARRA, A. / NARVAEZ, L. / SANZ, G. / MURCIA, S. / AGUADO, D. / ALBENIZ, I. (The Spanish Guitar) (Segre) Delos
DE3347
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Aguirre, Rafael - GIMENEZ, J. / DEBUSSY, C. / ASSAD, S. / ALBENIZ, I. / RODRIGO, J. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.572916
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Aguirre, Rafael - SOR, F. / IBERT, F. / POULENC, F. / OHANA, M. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / CLERCH, J. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.572064
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Ana Vidovic Naxos
8.554563
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Baranov, Anton - TÁRREGA, F. / LLOBET, M. / SÁINZ DE LA MAZA, E. / MANJON, A.J. (Divina Mancha) Contrastes Records
Contrastes6201406
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Bulat, Srdjan - RODRIGO, J. / REGONDI, G. / TARREGA, F. / SULEK, S. / ALBENIZ, I. / BRITTEN, B. Naxos
8.573026
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Cote, Alejandro Saladin - TURINA, J. / TARREGA, F. / ALBENIZ, I. / PUJOL, E. / LLOBET SOLES, M. Artek
AR-0045-2
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: David Martinez Naxos
8.557808
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Dejan Ivanovic Naxos
8.557038
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Del Sal, Adriano - SOR, F. / MORENO TORROBA, F. / TARREGA, F. / RODRIGO, J. / MORRICONE, E. Naxos
8.572657
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Dimitri Illarionov Naxos
8.557293
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Fabio Zanon Naxos
8.554431
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Garibay, Pablo - SCARLATTI, D. / TARREGA, F. / PONCE, M. / JOSE, A. Naxos
8.572727
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Jose Antonio Escobar Naxos
8.555719
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Korhonen, Timo - BEETHOVEN, L. van / WAGNER, R. / VERDI, G. (Transcriptions by Tarrega) Ondine
ODE1013-2
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Kulikova, Irina - BACH, J.S. / SOR, F. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / GALLARDO DEL REY, J.M. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.572717
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mamedkuliev, Rovshan - ALBENIZ, I. / TURINA, J. / AMIROV, F. / LLOBET SOLES, M. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.573179
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Michalis Kontaxakis Naxos
8.570191
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Montesinos, Anabel - COSTE, N. / REGONDI, G. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.557294
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Nirse Gonzalez Naxos
8.570446
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Pablo Sainz Villegas Naxos
8.557596
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Ricardo Gallen Naxos
8.554832
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Romero, Celedonio - GIULIANI, M. / SOR, F. / TARREGA, F. (An Evening of Guitar Music) Delos
DE1004
Instrumental
GUITARRA! - The Guitar in Spain (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102003
Classical Documentary
POPULAR GUITAR MUSIC Naxos
8.571085
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1944 American Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111087
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 3 (Segovia, Vol. 5) Naxos Historical
8.111091
Instrumental
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Instrumental
SPANISH GUITAR Naxos
8.557122-23
Instrumental
TARREGA, F.: 21 Preludes / LLOBET SOLES, M.: Catalan Folksongs (Grondona) Divox
CDX-29701
Instrumental
TARREGA, F.: Guitar Music (Bergstrom) Naxos
8.572365
Instrumental
THE ART OF NORBERT KRAFT Naxos
8.550147DX
Instrumental
Violin Recital: Pine, Rachel Barton - ALBENIZ, R.B. / CORDERO, R. / ESPEJO, C. / QUIROGA, M. / YSAYE, E. / GONZALEZ, L.J. (Capricho Latino) Cedille
CDR90000-124
Instrumental
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