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Luigi Boccherini

Composer of Fine Classical Guitar Works

"Luigi Boccherini - Classical era composer and cellist from Italy..."

Although he was ostensibly a cellist, he made his mark on the world of classical guitar too. Born in Lucca, Italy in the year 1743, it wasn't long before the young Boccherini soon demonstrated his prowess for music. Indeed, his composition skills were of the highest order, and it was said that he may have been the finest cellist of all time.

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After developing his extraordinary talents in his formative years, Boccherini went to Vienna as a young man, before moving to Paris and then Spain. He enjoyed the patronage of other famous characters throughout his life including Lucien Bonaparte, and even King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia. Boccherini has left us many very fine guitar quintets and quartets, but one of the most enduring pieces is the Concerto for Guitar and orchestra in E Major.

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His blood line continues uninterrupted to this day. You can see some of fine examples of the work of Luigi Boccherini here...

Boccherini was known for his stylized works which were... "characterized by the typical Rococo charm, lightness, and optimism, and exhibiting melodic and rhythmic invention, coupled with frequent influences from the guitar tradition of his adopted country, Spain." He was heavily influenced by Joseph Haydn, but some say that he exerted more an influence on Haydn than the other way around, especially in terms of the use of the cello in orchestral and chamber works.

Boccherini's output in these genres was prolific. In fact,  he wrote over 100 string quintets alone but also string trios, sonatas and of course the guitar quintets. To say he was hardworking by today's standards would be an understatement! Check out this great little video on YouTube of the Bilkent Guitar Trio playing his Introduction and Fandango...

Boccherini remained in Spain from 1768 until his death, but his fame has spread both over time and space. He has taken his rightful place among the upper echelon of musicians in the western tradition which, and his music has included some very fine works for the guitar - much to our gratitude!

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