Play the Spanish Classical Song "Bolero"
Andalusian-born Julian Arcas (1832â€“82) was perhaps the greatest Spanish classical guitarist of his time. A composer and performer, he is best known for teaching the legendary guitarist/composer Francisco TĂˇrrega. Arcasâ€™s friendship with guitar builder and fellow AlmerĂan Antonio Torres contributed to the birth of the Torres classical guitar design, a milestone in the history of the guitar embodying a leap forward in guitar construction and sound quality. It was Arcas who, after being impressed by the improvement in volume and tone of Torresâ€™s new design, encouraged the builder to pursue it further.
Arcasâ€™s musical output included original themes, arrangements, and folk-inspired tunes. Coming of age in southern Spainâ€™s flamenco heartland during a time when flamenco was enjoying ever-increasing popularity, it should come as little surprise that it influenced his music. The lively â€śBoleroâ€ť in 3/4 time is truly representative of Arcasâ€™s Spanish roots. The songâ€™s first four measures are shown below.
Excerpted from Spanish Repertoire for Classical Guitar