Guitar and Lute

The virtuosos

The virtuosos by Thomas Siemens The virtuosos by Thomas Siemens"He is a virtuoso in the kitchen". We may have heard something like that or similar when someone's special skills as a cook have been highlighted. We are familiar with the term "virtuoso". But where does...

The Guitaromania

The Guitaromania by Thomas Siemens The Guitaro- mania by Thomas SiemensAn engraving from 1825 shows a confusing, or perhaps even disturbing image. It shows a group of people in a hall arguing and fighting with each other. What is striking is that some of them are...

Johann Kaspar Mertz and his tragic success

Johann Kaspar Mertzby Thomas SiemensJohann Kaspar Mertz and his tragic successIf one were to plot the amount of guitar literature by quantity on a timeline, one might notice that the guitar falls into a valley in the second half of the 19th century, after which it had...

Francisco Tarrega – the path to modernity

Francisco Tarrega by Thomas Siemens Francisco Tarrega by Thomas Siemens Francisco Tarrega by Thomas SiemensFrancesco Tarrega - the path to modernityWhen we think of classical guitar today, we almost automatically think of Spain. This goes so far that people sometimes...
The Guitaromania

The Guitaromania

The Guitaromania by Thomas Siemens The Guitaro- mania by Thomas SiemensAn engraving from 1825 shows a confusing, or...

To the distant one

To the distant one

To the distant one by Thomas SiemensTo the distant one - Johann Kaspar Mertz"Is this really how I lost you? Have you,...

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Prelude No. 2 and 3

Prelude No. 2 and 3

Prelude No. 2 and 3 by Thomas StieglerAt the beginning of the 20th century the guitar had almost completely...

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Humanism in music

Humanism in music

Humanism in music by Bernhard Reichel "Here is that Raphael, whom the great mother of all things feared to be...

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