Francisco Tárrega

Francisco Tárrega Sheet Music

  • Born
    21st November 1852
  • Died
    15th December 1909
  • Birthplace
    Villarreal, Province of Castellón, Spain

Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea was an influential Spanish composer and guitarist of the Romantic period. In 1862, concert guitarist Julián Arcas, on tour in Castellón, heard the young Tárrega play and advised Tárrega's father to allow Francisco to come to Barcelona to study with him. Tárrega's father agreed, but insisted that his son take piano lessons as well. The guitar was viewed as an instrument to accompany singers, while the piano was all the rage throughout Europe. However, Tárrega had to stop his lessons shortly after, when Arcas left for a concert tour abroad. Although Tárrega was only ten years old, he ran away and tried to start a musical career on his own by playing in coffee houses and restaurants in Barcelona. He was soon found and brought back to his father, who had to make great sacrifices to advance his son's musical education.