He was central to reviving the guitar as a solo instrument in recital and concerts. Among his most popular compositions are Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Danza mora. He wrote nearly 80 original works for the guitar and over transcriptions, mostly of piano pieces by Chopin , Beethoven , and others. He was taught his first lessons on guitar by Eugeni Ruiz, a blind musician.
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He was central to reviving the guitar as a solo instrument in recital and concerts. Among his most popular compositions are Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Danza mora. He wrote nearly 80 original works for the guitar and over transcriptions, mostly of piano pieces by Chopin , Beethoven , and others. He was taught his first lessons on guitar by Eugeni Ruiz, a blind musician. His father was well aware that the guitar, as a solo vehicle, was in decline, coming increasingly to be viewed as an instrument to accompany singers, while the piano was all the rage throughout Europe.
For a time, he played with other musicians at local engagements to earn money, but eventually he returned home. In he enrolled at the Madrid Conservatory where he would study composition under Arrieta. He had brought along with him a recently purchased guitar, made in Seville by Antonio Torres.
He typically received much acclaim for his playing and began traveling to other areas of Spain to perform. By this time he was composing his first works for guitar. In , he met his future wife, Maria Rizo, when he was giving a concert in Novelda. That same year he went on tour to Lyon, Paris, and London, now playing his own works in addition to those of other composers. In , he and Maria were married in Novelda.
He soon began transcribing piano works of Beethoven , Chopin , Mendelssohn , and others to enlarge his guitar repertory, and, no doubt, to make use of his considerable knowledge of keyboard music.
She allowed him and his family use of a house in Barcelona, where he would write the bulk of his most popular works, including Recuerdos de la Alhambra. In about , he cut his fingernails and created a sound that would become typical of those guitarists associated with his school. The following year he launched a tour of Italy, giving highly successful concerts in Rome, Naples, and Milan. In January , he was afflicted with paralysis on his right side, and though he would eventually return to the concert stage, he never completely recovered.
He finished his last work, Oremus, on December 2, He died 13 days later.
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