Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection – Great Europeans
6. Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
As a child, Francisco Tárrega would take his father's guitar and attempt to imitate the beautiful sounds he’d heard. A famous concert guitarist heard the young Francisco playing and advised Tarrega Senior to let the boy study with him in Barcelona. Soon afterwards, Francisco ran away and tried to start a musical career on his own by playing in coffee houses and restaurants. Three years later, he was off again, joining a gang of gypsies. By his early teens, Tárrega was proficient on both the piano and the guitar and by the end of the 1870s, he was teaching and giving regular concerts. He soon began composing evocative guitar works of his own like this one.