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Miquel Llobet (1878-1938), composer

Guitarrist and Composer. He was born in Barcelona in 1878 and studied with M.Alegre and F.Tàrrega. Llobet compositions, harmonisations and transcriptions were a landmark in guitar writing, and remain a monument to his refined musicianship, resourcefulness and understanding of the guitar's capabilities. Falla's tribute to Debussy, Homenaje, was composed for him. Still in his youth he was to discover radically new instrumental colours for his instrument. Plany (1899) and El Testament d'Amèlia (1900) are two works which exemplify these innovations. El Mestre (1910) is a key work in the harmonic development of guitar music. La cançó del lladre (1927), simple but refined, is the composer's last harmonisation for guitar.