The history of the guitar is rich in at least three centuries of guitarists and composers, many of whom are known and recognized today, but some of us only have fragmentary news and we cannot reconstruct their life at all and truly understand their historical importance.

I have been actively interested in some of these and I follow the main names, trying to put them in chronological order starting from the 19th century; the list is quite long and constantly updated:

  • Henry (XIX cent.)
  • Matteo BEVILACQUA, Trapani 1768 - 1849)
  • Gaetano PORTA (XIX sec.)
  • Marco Aurelio ZANI DE FERRANTI, Bologna 23-12-1801 – 11-1878
  • Nikolaj Petrovic MAKAROV (1810 – 1890)
  • Marek SOKOLOVSKI, Zhitomir 25-04-1818 – Vilnius 25-2-1882
  • Federico CANO, 1838 – 1904
  • Enea GARDANA Brescia, XIX sec.
  • Giovanni di Domenico NAVONE, Villanova d’Asti (Turin) 1839 – Turin 31/5/1907
  • Frate Cassio da Velletri (early XX cent.)
  • Luigi L’ECRIVAIN, Roma 31/5/1856 – 6/9/1922
  • Antonio (Toto) AMICI, Roma 1864? – 30/12/1934
  • Ermenegildo CAROSIO, Alessandria 1866 – Torino, 18/8/1928
  • Sante BARGELLINI, Firenze, 21/8/1867 – Nizza, 10/1/1933
  • Antonio DOMINICI, Palermo 1872 – Torino 15/12/1934
  • Alessandro VIZZARI, Milano 1873 – 30/12/1945
  • Tullio GIULIETTI, Roma 22/11/1873-Milano 01/04/1933
  • Attilio CAMPANINI, Parma 13/1/1874-29/8/1938
  • Giovanni Battista NOCETI, Genova 9/4/1874 – Roma 18/8/1957
  • Giovanni MURTULA, Sassari 29/12/1881 – Rovigo 14/2/1964
  • Eugenio Gaspare CAMMARATA, Genova 6/1/1883 – 8/4/1953
  • Carmelo COLETTA, Pachino (SR) 12/7/1885 – Messina 31/12/1960
  • Mario SOMMADOSSI, Fiera di Primiero (Trento), 19/1/1886 – Rovereto (Trento) 15/4/1950
  • Michelangelo RISOLIA, Castronuovo S. Andrea (Potenza) 24/1/1887 – Colmar (USA), 23/3/1952
  • Italo MESCHI, Lucca 9/12/1887 – 14/10/1957
  • Maria Rita BRONDI, Rimini 5/7/1889 – Roma 1/7/1941
  • Giuseppe GULLINO, Torino 1890 – Firenze 31/6/1953
  • Fausto Ernesto CIURLO, Genova 1895 – 1987
  • Manlio BIAGI, Terni 27/8/1896 – Milano 3/4/1942
  • Giorgio PEZZOLI, Bologna 1/5/1897 – 19/10/1958
  • Riccardo VACCARI, Modena 7/10/1897 – 28/3/1941
  • Mario MACCAFERRI, Cento (FE) 20/5/1900 – New York 17/4/1993
  • Alberto BOCCI, Siena 16/1/1903 – 1/10/1996
  • Luigi PORTALUPI, Candia Lomellina (PV) 30/1/1907 – 1950
  • Renzo CABASSI, Parma 31/5/1908 – 15/3/1988
  • Renato GIUSEPPINI Roma 3/8/1908 – USA 1970
  • Amleto TEMPESTINI Losanna, 1910 – Milano 13/11/1980
  • Roberto BECCUTI, Catania 28/1/1910 – 1974
  • Carlo PALLADINO, Genova 14/4/1910 - 1995
  • Renato ROSSINI, Roma 1911? – USA 1960
  • Alberto MAUTINO, Torino 26/3/1913 – 2/4/1992
  • Giuseppe FARRAUTO, Palermo 1915 – 1979
  • Mario PARODI, Instabul 3/3/1917 – Buenos Aires 27/10/1970
  • Miguel ABLÓNIZ (29/5/1917 – Acqui Terme 19/7/2001)
  • Arnaldo BUCCO, Genova 15/11/1920 – 1984
  • Elena PADOVANI, Parma 22/6/1923 – Milano, 1/1/2005

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