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 Francisco Tárrega

Francisco Tárrega

Birth
Vila-real, Provincia de Castelló, Valenciana, Spain
Death 15 Dec 1909 (aged 57)
Barcelona, Provincia de Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Burial Castellón de la Plana, Provincia de Castelló, Valenciana, Spain
Memorial ID 19503734 · View Source
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Guitarist, Composer. Born in Vila-Real, Castellón, Tárrega is widely considered the father of modern classical guitar playing. In 1862, Tárrega moved to Barcelona where he studied with the guitarist Julián Arcas. Later, Tárrega entered the Madrid Conservatory in 1874 and he began to perform in several concerts around Spain. He reached a great success and then, he debuted in Opera Theatre in Lyon. Tárrega developed an international career and his style of guitar playing became strongly influential in the twentieth century (specially in the great guitarist Andrés Segovia)and reviving the guitar as a solo instrument in recital and concerts. Also he arranged pieces by others for the instrument, including works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Felix Mendelssohn. His best known works include "Recuerdos de la Alhambra," that inspired Mike Oldfield for his work "Etude (The Killing Fields)," "Gran Vals," "Capricho Árabe" and "Danza Mora." He finished his last work, "Oremus," thirteen days before his death in Barcelona.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 24 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19503734
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francisco Tárrega (21 Nov 1852–15 Dec 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19503734, citing Cementeri de Castelló, Castellón de la Plana, Provincia de Castelló, Valenciana, Spain ; Maintained by Find A Grave .