Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (1852-1909) was a Spanish composer & guitar virtuoso of the Romantic period. As a performer, Tárrega is considered to have laid the foundations for 20th century classical guitar & for increasing interest in the guitar as a recital instrument. As a composer, he wrote 78 original works, as well as 120 transcriptions for the guitar of other works, including the piano music of Beethoven, Chopin & Mendelssohn. He is the composer of what has been claimed to be "probably the world's most heard tune": the Nokia ringtone, which is based on Tárrega's Gran Vals. His music also inspired Mike Oldfield to arrange Tárrega's tremolo study "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for the soundtrack of the film 'The Killing Fields'.