Bartolomé Calatayud

Bartolomé Calatayud was a Spanish classical guitar composer, teacher and performer. He was born in 1882 on the island of Mallorca.[1] In 1899, while still a teenager, he was awarded the Diploma of Honor 1st Class by the Workers Instructive Center Palma for his “superior musical knowledge in guitar playing.” A contemporary and friend of Miguel Llobet and Andrés Segovia, he studied guitar first with Pedro Antonio Alemany Palmer (Palma 1862–1952), and then with Antonio Gomez Melters (1839–1908). He studied harmony and composition with the great Majorcan musicologist and composer D. Antonio Noguera. Bartolomé was also taught by Francisco Tárrega in Valencia.[2]

Bartolomé Calatayud
Background information
Birth name Bartolomé Calatayud Cerdá
Born Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Died April 11, 1973(1973-04-11) (aged 90)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Occupation(s) Guitarist, Composer
Years active 1890-1970
Musical artist

He gave concerts in Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal and Algiers and toured South America with Spanish Chorus and Dance groups. In Majorca he composed many works for the classical guitar and taught the instrument.[3] Many of his guitar works are based on popular Catalan/Majorcan folk music.

Although less famous in the classical guitar world, Bartolomé Calatayud has left much enjoyable and exciting music written for classical guitarists of all abilities. He taught many pupils in Majorca during his final years.[4] He died in 1973 at the age of 90. For more pictures of the composer, refer to the Spanish site guitarramalp and laguitarrabalear.[5]

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  • Alegre Campina E Major
  • Alegre Primavera E Major
  • Boceto Andaluz
  • Cuatro Piezas Faciles Para Guitarra: Vals, Cancion De Cuna, Romanza, Pasodoblillo
  • Cuatro Juguetes: Boceto Andaluz, Gavotta, Danza, Minueto
  • Cubanita A Major
  • Danza Espanola E Minor
  • Danza Popular De Campdevanol A Major
  • Dos Piezas Para Guitarra: Bolero, El Majo
  • Dos Piezas Para Guitarra: Bagatela, Gavota
  • Estampa Gitana D Minor
  • Galop G Major
  • Gavota Facil A Major
  • Guarjirita – Sobre Temas Populares D Major
  • Habanera A Minor
  • Marcha Hungara A Minor
  • Marcha Militar A Major
  • Minueto E Major
  • Nostalgia E Minor
  • Pequena Tarantela F# Minor
  • Sonatina No. 1 A Minor
  • Sonatina No. 2 D Minor
  • Suite Antiqua: Antante, Zarabanda, Pavana, Minueto, Rondino
  • Tango Argentino A Minor
  • Tango D Major
  • Tres Canciones Populares Catalanas: Muntanyes Regalades, La Preso De Lleida, La Pastoreta
  • Tres Piezas Faciles Para Guitarra: Cajita De Musica, Divertimento, Melodia
  • Tres Piezas Para Guitarra: Mazurka, Caramba!(Habanera), Canconeta
  • Tres Piezas Para Guitarra: Lamento Gitano – Solea, Fandanguillo, Bulerias
  • Triptico Para Una Dama: Bondad, Simpatia, Alegria
  • Una Caricia E Major
  • Vals E Minor
  • Vals Y Mazurka
  • Zambra D Minor

His works are mostly published by Unión Musical Ediciones, Madrid

  1. “The Guitar Music of Spain” Volume One, published by Wise Publications/Union Musical Ediciones S.L. Compiled and edited by John Zaradin, original compilation by Gerry Mooney (1994), ISBN 0-7119-3303-0.
  2. Classical Composers
  4. See Sharon’s blog on
  5. “BARTOLOMÉ CALATAYUD CERDÁ (Palma de Mallorca, (08.09.1882 – 11.04.1973)”. laguitarrabalear. Archived from the original on 2018-10-09. Retrieved 20 August 2020.

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