List of compositions for guitar

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This article lists the classical guitar music in the classical guitar repertoire. It includes baroque guitar and vihuela music, but not lute music. This music is most commonly performed by classical guitarists and requires the use of a variety of classical guitar techniques to play.

During the Renaissance, the guitar was likely to have been used as it frequently is today in popular music, that is to provide strummed accompaniment for a singer or a small group. There also were several significant music collections published during the 16th century of contrapuntal compositions approaching the complexity, sophistication and breadth of lute music from the same period. Most Renaissance lute music has been transcribed for guitar (see List of composers for lute).

The baroque guitar (c.1600–1750) was a string instrument with five courses of gut strings and moveable gut frets. The first (highest pitched) course was sometimes used a single string. It replaced the Renaissance lute as the most common instrument found in the home.

The romantic guitar, in use from approximately 1790 to 1830, was the guitar of the Classical and Romantic period of music, showing remarkable consistency in the instrument's construction during these decades. By this time guitars used six, sometimes more, single strings instead of courses. The romantic guitar eventually led to a different type of guitar in Spain: the fan-braced Spanish guitars of Torres, which may be seen as the immediate precursor of the modern classical guitar.

In the 20th century, many non-guitarist composers wrote for the instrument, whereas previously only players of the instrument had done so.

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  • 1640 Giovanni Paolo Foscarini (fl. c.1621–c.1649) Li cinque libri della chitarra alla spagnola
  • 1643 Francesco Corbetta (c.1615–1681) Varii capricii per la ghittara spagnuola
  • 1646 Carlo Calvi (fl. 17th century) Intavolatura di chitarra, e chitarriglia
  • 1650 Domenico Pellegrini (fl. 17th century) Soavi concenti di sonate musicali per la chitarra spagnuola
  • 1659 Giovanni Battista Granata (c.1620–1687) Soavi concenti di sonate musicali per la chitarra spagnuola
  • 1674 Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710) Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española
  • 1682 Robert de Visée (c.1650–1725) Livre di guittarre dédié au roy
  • 1692 Ludovico Roncalli (1660?–1720?) Capricci armonici sopra la chitarra spagnola
  • 1694 Francesc Guerau (1649–1722) Poema Harmónico

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