Francisco Tárrega: Prelude No.2 in A minor

Francisco Tárrega

Prelude No.2 (the original title of the manuscript was Prelude in A minor) was composed on 16 March 1896 in Barcelona and dedicated to Miguel Llobet (1875—1938), one of the foremost guitarists of that time and also a pupil of Tárrega's.

Often preludes were conceived by Francisco Tárrega for the benefit of his pupils, specifically to improve their artistic and expressive abilities. It has been said that some of the preludes were results of Tárrega's improvisation during the lessons.

Legend has it that Tárrega was never tempted to play his preludes at recitals. Nonetheless, I feel that these preludes are actually the epitome of Tárrega's art.