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Profiles in Classical Guitar

This is a new section on the classical guitarist site that is devoted to the masters of classical guitar. Periodically I will add a new profile.

Niccolo Paganini - He is of course famous for being the best violinist ever to have lived. But he also had a passion for the Guitar. He performed with classical guitarists and wrote many pieces for the guitar and the guitar and violin. Niccolo Paganini and the classical guitar



Francisco Tarrega- Considered to be the father of modern classical guitar and the composer of one of the most famous spanish classical/spanish guitar pieces (Recuerdos de la Alhambra) Read about him and watch a video of Recuerdos. He is also the composer of the famous Nokia ringtone. Well, he didn't compose it for nokia! But nokia did take three measures of his Gran Vals for their now famous ringtone. Francisco Tarrega


Before Andres Segovia the Classical Guitar was considered to be an instrument of the common folk. It was limited to small venues and taverns in its play and was rarely heard on the larger stage and in front of large audiences. There were several reasons for this. First there was no real virtuoso of the instrument. Second the guitar itself was not suited to playing in large venues because of volume and tone limitations. And third there was no solid repertoire of classical music for the classical guitarist to play. Andres Segovia


John Williams

John Williams - Is one of the contemporary masters of the classical guitar. Read more about him, his music and his life: John Williams Classical Guitar

Notes: He is quoted as saying that Barrios is the greatest composer of guitar music of all time.



Fernando Sor

Fernando Sor was a 19th Century guitarist and composer. He was often called the "Beethoven of the Guitar" read about his interesting life here. I also have samples of his work, some videos and downloads of his famous Method for the Guitar - Fernando Sor



Matteo CarcassiMatteo Carcassi: A Profile in Classical Guitar - An article and resources about Matteo Carcassi. I also have a composition of his that I play and you can listen to. There are also free pdf's of a few of his works if you want to play them; and resources to books and sheet music by him. I also have a selection of MP3 Downloads of his work available through You can download and listen to his works



Julian Bream: A Profile in Classical Guitar - An article and resources about Bream who is one of the most influential classical guitarists of the 20th Century. Did you know that he has won four grammys?






The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800 (Book)

The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800 (Book)

We proudly present the fifth edition of Maurice J. Summerfield's highly acclaimed ultimate reference book on the classical guitar. This brand new book features all the original biographical entries updated with new photographs where applicable, plus 100 new biographical entries in the players, composers and makers section - for a total of over 485. This new edition gives the reader a full and clear picture of the classical guitar's development since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Also included are informative sections on composers, scholars, flamenco guitarists and guitar makers. The book's collection of several hundred photographs is the most complete to be published in one volume. There are extensive listings of the most important classical guitar recordings. The final section, Sources of Supply, guides readers to where they can obtain the books, recordings, music and magazines listed in the book. Without a doubt, this new edition will be the essential work of reference on the subject of classical guitar for years to come!"My sincere congratulations to Maurice Summerfield."- Andres Segovia