Knowing Classical Guitar & Its Historical Virtuosos

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Among the many musical instruments, the guitar stands out to be among the most popular and easily accessible. The classical guitar to be precise is a member of the guitar family that is used in the classical music. In this article, a number of the greatest classical guitarists are discussed into details are discussed in details.


The famous Giovanni Paolo Foscarini was regarded as a lutenist in Italia and overseas. His three books on the Spanish guitar which were published in 1630 are best-known examples of engraved Italian guitar music.

Again, another guitarist by the name Gaspar Sanz who existed between 1640 and 1710 was highly talented in music composition besides being an organist and a priest. Having done his studies at Salamanca University, he was later appointed as professor of music. His achievements are still evident to date for he has written three volumes of tutorials about the baroque guitar that are still being used in today’s classical guitar repertory. These tutorials have helped learners understand the techniques used in playing the baroque guitar.

Robert de Visee who was multitalented as being a guitarist, lutenist, theorbo and playing the viol is also another example of the classical guitarist. De Visee, who played the viola at the court of French kings, published two books of composition which had twelve suits between them. He lived between the year 1658 and 1732.


Ferdinando Carulli’s contribution cannot be underestimated as he was the author of the influential ‘Methode complete pour la Guitarr’ and it consists of music that is used by student guitarist up to today. During his lifetime, he wrote more than four hundred works for the instrument which included many solo and chamber works and a variety of concertos.

After being famous for his guitar compositions, Fernando Sor again wrote music for the opera, string quartet, voice, the piano and the orchestra. His works on the guitar favor both beginners and the expert players. In his time between 1778 and 1839, Sor was applauded for being the best guitarist in the universe.

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At the start of 19th century, Mauro Giuliani’s concerts made him travel across Europe to entertain fans. His virtuosity in handling the guitar made him be acclaimed all over the world and many people still emulate his antics.

In the name Matteo Carcassi, we have a talented guitarist. Having lived between 1792 and 1853, Carcassi spent most of his life in the French capital but was lauded mainly in the British capital for his hugely successful concerts. In his works, he was able to blend the technical aspect of the guitar with some romance in it and many guitarists even today still try out to be Carcassi.


Having studied under Sor, Napoleone Coste made his name as a leading French virtuoso guitarist. Even after breaking one of his arms in 1863, Coste still taught how to play the guitar and composition. Among his achievements is that he was one of the first composers who transcribed guitar music of the 17th century into a contemporary musical notation.

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