Cultural Percussionist

World Music with Francisco Tarrega

World Music on Flamenco Fridays with one of major influences of Flamenco music.

Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909) was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romanticperiod. He is known for such pieces as Recuerdos de la Alhambra. He is often called “the father of classical guitar” and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Tárrega was born on 21 November 1852, in Villarreal, Province of Castellón, Spain. It is said that Francisco’s father played flamenco and several other music styles on his guitar; when his father was away working as a watchman at the Convent of San Pascual, Francisco would take his father’s guitar and attempt to make the beautiful sounds he had heard. Francisco’s nickname as a child was “Quiquet”.

 

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