Guitar History

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A short history of the classical guitar Some explain the origin of the guitar as a development from the old Greek instrument - Kithara; which is very phonetically close to Guitarra (Spanish word), others claim it was from the long necked lutes found in Mesopotamia and in Anatolia. The main disagreement is between those who claim that the guitar eventually came from Europe (derived from the Lute) and those who say it came from the …

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…the most important performers in the 19th and the 20th century was Andre Segovia (1893-1987), who encouraged many distinguished composers to write for the guitar in a high level. Concertos were written for the guitar (like Rodrigo's - Concierto de Aranjuez) and in parallel the guitar was taking part in chamber music as well. There is no doubt that the guitar is becoming more respectable and there is a lot to do in the future...