The guitar enjoyed a period of great popularity across Europe in the first half of the 19th century, and this period saw the publication of a large quantity of music for the guitar in duets, trios, quartets and quintets with other instruments. One catalogue published at the time, listing music available primarily in Germany and Austria before 1830, has details of over 1,600 such works.
Benavente are named after the guitar-
A number of programmes are offered involving a variety of instrumentation and different numbers of players, from duos to quintets. All the performances are played on period instruments and the guitars are original instruments dating from the time, each selected to suit the repertoire being performed.