FRANCISCO TARREGA BIOGRAPHY PDF

This was partly because in , when he began lessons, the guitar was overshadowed by the piano in musical stature. Francisco met with the misfortune of partially losing his eyesight due to an infection. This running away was repeated on several occasions over the following childhood years, once to join a band of gypsies in Valencia, but his father always sought him out and brought him home! Here he received a thorough instruction in theory of music, harmony, the piano, and composition. The latter he was taught by Emilio Arrieta who convinced him to pursue a career in the guitar rather than the piano.

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This was partly because in , when he began lessons, the guitar was overshadowed by the piano in musical stature. Francisco met with the misfortune of partially losing his eyesight due to an infection. This running away was repeated on several occasions over the following childhood years, once to join a band of gypsies in Valencia, but his father always sought him out and brought him home! Here he received a thorough instruction in theory of music, harmony, the piano, and composition.

The latter he was taught by Emilio Arrieta who convinced him to pursue a career in the guitar rather than the piano. Regular concerts were received with much acclaim, and other regions of Spain beckoned to hear his renditions of original works, and those of other composers. Soon the two string-pluckers were engaged, and married in , settling Madrid as their home.

Concert tours in to Paris and London followed, where he was hailed as the "Sarasate Pablo de Sarasate a famous Spanish violinist of the guitar". A wealthy widow, Conxa Martinez, was introduced to Tarrega in Valencia and came to be a valuable patron for the musician.

His family had the use of one of of her houses in Barcelona, where he wrote many of his most popular works. This rythm was subsequently used later to compose the famous Danza Mora solo guitar piece. His concert playing career continued with much success, including a tour of Italy where he played in Rome, Naples and Milan. He was able to return to the stage, but never fully recovered from the injury.

His last work , Oremus was composed 13 days before his final breath on the 15 December , at the age of The Maestro himself preferred small intimate performances, which particularly suited the lower-volume generated by his lack of fingernails. He composed in a variety of styles and forms including Valses, mazurkas, preludes, tangos. However with 78 original works, and transcriptions he clearly appreciated the work of other composers , and used their works to further the reputations and esteem of his chosen instrument, as well as his own as a performer.

Through his pupil Miguel Lobet , Tarrega passed on the traditions of the instrument to that other notable Maestro of the guitar, a pupil of Lobet, Andres Segovia. Other Late-Romantic guitar composers :.

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The Biography of Francisco Tarrega

Because of his parents jobs, little Francisco was taken care by a baby-sitter. At a certain moment, Francisco went running out of the house and fell into an irrigation channel, which brought about a hard shock that harmed his eyes forever. His father thought that Francisco could loose completely the ability to see, so they moved to Castellon in order to make Francisco assist music classes so that, in case he became blind, he could earn some money by playing music. It was peculiarly a blind musician, Eugeni Ruiz, who teached Tarrega his first music lessons. It was he who initiated him into the guitar world.

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Francisco Tárrega

Performed by Carlo Alberto Boni Problems playing this file? See media help. As a child, he ran away from his nanny and fell into an irrigation channel and injured his eyes. The guitar was viewed as an instrument to accompany singers, while the piano was quite popular throughout Europe. Three years later, in , he ran away again, this time to Valencia where he joined a gang of gypsies. His father looked for him and brought him back home once more, but he ran away a third time, again to Valencia.

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