Choros No.1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos

The Choro is a traditional Brazilian dance with a catchy beat, this piece is a staple of the classical guitar repertoire. Villa-Lobos was actually quite a good guitarist himself, there exist recordings of him playing this piece.

Prelude No.3 by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Third in a series of five preludes. The piece contains strong musical gestures and is open to a wide range of interpretation. This piece is among the most intimate and widely loved of the concert guitar repertoire. You will notice a homage to Bach with the upper pedal points in the second section.

Spanish Romance

This tune was made famous in the 1950's film "Jeux Interdits" (Forbidden Pleasures) where it was performed on the soundtrack by the Spanish Guitarist Narciso Yepes.

The piece is very popular. Good music doesn't go out of date! Although the melody is simple, to make it sing above the barre chords requires some technique.

Recuerdos de la Alhambra (full version)

At the beginning of the 20th century, or rather, the end of the 19th century, Francisco Tarrega wrote one of the most famous guitar pieces of all time. This melancholy waltz has a humming melody which uses the guitar to great effect.

Rumores de la Caleta by Isaac Albeniz (full)

Another impressionistic piece by the pianist Isaac Albeniz, this one depicts a stomping flamenco dance in 3/4, complete with the characteristic flamenco vocalisations in the middle section.