Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, insert any other composer whose last name starts with a B...All of these composers are Grand Masters, but none of them wrote for guitar.

Now I love the works of the great masters and these composers are names that you would find in any history book of Classical Music.

One thing that bothered me, though, is that when I started learning classical guitar, I noticed that the composers featured in the official Examination Repertoire and Studies album published by the Royal Conservatory of Music, didn’t seem to be the same ones in the Piano books.

For example, minus a few arrangements by Norbert Kraft, there was no Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann or Chopin in my guitar books. I found lots of works by Giuliani, Sor, Aguado, and Carulli. Intrigued, I would eagerly open my history book or Dictionary of Composers to look up the names of the composers that wrote the works for guitar.

So I would open the dictionary of composers and eagerly search for Fernando Sor or Mauro Giuliani only to find nothing! No mention of any of those names. I would thumb music history books and if lucky, maybe find a paragraph or two dedicated to a twentieth-century composer who wrote for guitar.

Composers for the classical guitar are sadly glossed over or ignored in the standard history textbooks, which mostly feature composers who wrote primarily for the piano. So I tried to fix that in this video. Here’s a look at the composers who wrote the music that all classical guitarists grow up with.