Julián Arcas (1832 – 1882) was a Spanish composer and guitarist. He was one of young Francisco Tárrega’s teachers in Barcelona from 1864 to 1870. Arcas was a virtuoso performer and performed throughout Spain as a solo artist and with pianist Patanas. He also worked together with luthier Antonio de Torres on Torres’s landmark designs, especially influencing the construction of Torres’s soundboards.
Arcas wrote more than fifty original solo guitar works and transcribed many others. Some of his best known works are his “Bolero” and the “Fantasía para la guitarra sobre los motivos de Traviata por Verdi.”