The Guitaromania

The Guitaromania

The Guitaromania by Thomas Siemens The Guitaro- mania by Thomas Siemens An 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 Mertz and his tragic success

Johann Kaspar Mertz by Thomas Siemens Johann Kaspar Mertz and his tragic success If 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...
Francisco Tarrega – the path to modernity

Francisco Tarrega – the path to modernity

Francisco Tarrega by Thomas Siemens Francisco Tarrega by Thomas Siemens Francisco Tarrega by Thomas Siemens Francesco Tarrega – the path to modernity When we think of classical guitar today, we almost automatically think of Spain. This goes so far that people...