Dionisio Aguado (April 8, 1784 ? December 29, 1849) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. Born in Madrid, he studied with Miguel Garcia. In 1825, Aguado visited Paris, where he met and became friends with and for a while lived with Fernando Sor. Sor's duo "Les Deux Amis" ("The Two Friends") commemorated the friendship: one part is marked "Sor" and the other "Aguado."
Aguado's major work Escuela de Guitarra was a guitar tutor published in 1825. It is still reprinted today (Tecla editions). In the "Escuela" Aguado describes his use of fingernails on the right hand as well as his invention of a 'tripodion': a device that held the guitar and thus minimized the damping effect of the player's body on the guitar's back and sides. Aguado's other works include 'Trois Rondos Brillants' (Opus 2), 'Le Menuet Affandangado' (Opus 15), 'Le Fandango Varie' (Opus 16), as well as numerous waltzes, minuets, and other light pieces. The more extended works require a virtuoso technique and left-hand stretches that are almost impossible on the longer string lengths of modern guitars. (see Frederick Noad, 'The Classical Guitar')
Aguado returned home to Madrid in 1838 and died there aged 65.
Aguado's surname comes from the Spanish work for 'soaked.' This is because an ancient relative of his, who was a knight, returned after a battle caked in mud. The nickname then eventually became the surname.
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