El Amable by Jose Ferrer

El Amable by Jose Ferrer (1835-1916)

jose ferrer José Ferrer was a Spanish guitarist and composer, born in Spain. Ferrer studied guitar with his father, a guitarist and collector of sheet music, before continuing his studies with José Brocá. In 1882, he left Spain for Paris in order to teach at the Institut Rudy and at the Académie Internationale de Musique.

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Opus 250 No 1 Allegretto by Luigi Legnani

Opus 250 No 1 Allegretto by Luigi Legnani (1790-1877)

Luigi Rinaldo Legnani was an Italian guitarist, singer, composer and luthier. He is perhaps best known for his 36 Caprices for the guitar, which cover all the major and minor keys, and which were probably inspired by Paganini’s 24 Caprices for the violin.

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Fantasie by Silvius Leopold Weiss

Fantasie by Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)

Silvius Leopold Weiss Silvius Leopold Weiss was a German composer and lutenist. Weiss was one of the most important and most prolific composers of lute music in history and one of the best-known and most technically accomplished lutenists of his day. He wrote around 600 pieces for lute, most of them grouped into ‘sonatas’ or suites, which consist mostly of baroque dance pieces.

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Waltz No 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich

Waltz No 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

shostakovich Waltz No 2 is the seventh movement of The Suite for Variety Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich. The work consists of a collection of movements which derive from other works by the composer. Waltz No 2 was used in the 1999 Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, as the opening title and closing credit theme

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Las dos Hermanitas by Francisco Tarrega

Waltz in D Major Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)

Francisco Tarrega Tárrega is considered to have laid the foundations for 20th century classical guitar and for increasing interest in the guitar as a recital instrument. Tárrega preferred small intimate performances over the concert stage. Some believe this was because he played without the nails needed for volume. Others say this was related to his childhood trauma.

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Waltz in D Major by Francisco Tarrega

Waltz in D Major Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)

Francisco Tarrega Tárrega is considered to have laid the foundations for 20th century classical guitar and for increasing interest in the guitar as a recital instrument. Tárrega preferred small intimate performances over the concert stage. Some believe this was because he played without the nails needed for volume. Others say this was related to his childhood trauma.

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Opus 38 Six Variations for Guitar and Orchestra by Mauro Giuliani

Opus 38 Variation (Study) by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

Mauro Giuliani Mauro Giuliani was an italian guitarist and composer, and is considered by many to be one of the leading guitarist virtuosos of the early nineteenth century. He was a prolific composer, writing over 150 pieces for the guitar, as well as many chamber compositions for the violin, voice, flute, piano, and chamber orchestra.

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Opus 36 Capriccio In C by Ferdinando Carulli

Opus 36 Capriccio In C by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)

Ferdinando Carulli Ferdinando Carulli was born in Naples, Italy on February 10, 1770. Carulli’s first musical instruction was on the cello, but he soon turned his attention to the guitar. Carulli was entirely self taught, as there were no guitar teachers in Naples at the time. Despite having no formal instruction on the guitar, Carulli rapidly became known as one of the leading virtuosos of his day.

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Chanson Des Marseillois by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

Chanson Des Marseillois by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle arranged by Felix Horetzky (1796-1870)

Mauro Giuliani “La Marseillaise” is the national anthem of France. The song was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. The Marseillaise was a revolutionary song, an anthem to freedom, a patriotic call to mobilize all the citizens and an exhortation to fight against tyranny and foreign invasion. The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic’s anthem in 1795. It acquired its nickname after being sung in Paris by volunteers from Marseille marching on the capital.

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Opus 14 Gran Solo by Fernando Sor

Opus 14 Gran Solo by Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

Fernando Sor Fernando Sor was a Spanish concert performer and wrote over 60 guitar works (sonatas, studies, variations etc) and an important method (1830). His guitar music is notable for its part-writing. He was also admired for his songs and eight ballets (1821-8); other works include an opera (1797) and chamber and keyboard pieces.

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