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Jose Ferrer y Esteve

 

Ferrer was born in Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, and studied guitar with his father, a guitarist and collector of sheet music, before continuing his studies with José Brocá.  Torroella de Montgrí is a coastal municipality on the Costa Brava, and small town in Catalonia, Spain. The town lies on the north bank of the Ter river, a few kilometres before it flows into the Mediterranean. The beach resort of L'Estartit also is part of the municipality, as are the Medes Islands and a large part of the Montgrí Massif.  In 1882, he left Spain for Paris in order to teach at the Institut Rudy and at the Académie Internationale de Musique, also becoming the official guitarist of the Comédie Française, and remained in Paris for 16 years.

Ferrer gave regular performances as a soloist. He taught at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona from 1898 to 1901. Following a period of moving between Barcelona and Paris, he settled permanently in Barcelona in 1905, where he died.

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Jose Ferrer Collection

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Frédéric Chopin - Prélude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 Classical Guitar

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This interesting and delightful contemporary tango sounds like it would be a lot of fun to play. Composer Torrisi (b.1958) has had a few of his pieces reviewed in Classical Guitar, and this is clearly another winning composition. In the video, the piece is played by American guitarist Matt Palmer, to whom the piece is dedicated.