Publication Date



Open access

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Rene Gonzalez

Second Committee Member

Rafael Padron

Third Committee Member

Ross Harbaugh

Fourth Committee Member

Paul Wilson

Fifth Committee Member

Lansing McLoskey


This essay came about as a result of the desire to study and collect the guitar music of Franco Margola. Franco Margola composed over 450 works for guitar, most of which are unpublished and virtually all of which are unknown to most guitarists. This essay focuses on Margola's chamber works with guitar, which include some of his best compositions. The study contains historical background information, an ample biography, as well as an overview of the currently published works for solo guitar. The main portion of the essay consists of an outline and an annotated catalog of all of Margola's chamber works with guitar, including the unedited works. The purpose of this project is to promote Margola's guitar music by providing current information on its quality, availability, condition, length, and difficulty level.


Italian Music; Guitar; Franco Margola