Classical Guitar History

Andrés Segovia (1893 - 1987)

World famous virtuoso 20th century classical guitarist. Born in Linares, Jaén, resided in Andalucía and Madrid. Notable for:

Note the Victorian whole wood furniture

Segovia in his Madrid studio

Note the Victorian whole wood furniture National Geographic magazine, 1980. Found in bio of Renato Bellucci

Francisco Tárrega (1852 - 1909)

Francesc d’Assís Tàrrega i Eixea (original Catalan name), born in Valencia.

Composer and guitarist known for many of his compositions, and considered as one of the greats.

Many of Isaac Albéniz’s piano pieces were transcribed by Tàrrega for the guitar. It is said that Isaac himself liked the guitar versions more than his own.

One of the most famous pieces from the classical guitar repertoire; Asturias, was originally composed for the piano by Albéniz.

Franciso Tárrega


Fernando Sor (1778 - 1839)

Ferran Sor i Muntades (original Catalan name), born in Barcelona.

Composer and guitarist with an extensive body of work left after him. Known for his many studies and exercises.

Fernando Sor


Federico Torroba (1891 - 1982)

Federico Moreno Torroba, born and died in Madrid.


Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1959)

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also known under Hector.

Composer and guitarist.

Villa-Lobos: get to know Brazil’s greatest composer | Classical music | The Guardian


Miguel Llobet (1878 - 1938)

Miguel Llobet i Solés (original Catalan name), born in Barcelona.

Composer and guitarist.


Dionisio Aguado (1784 - 1849)

Born Dionisio Aguado y García in Madrid.

Composer and guitarist. Also known for having written a learning manual and method for guitar.


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