Opus 139 No.3 (Study) by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Mauro Giuliani was an italian guitarist and composer, and is considered by many to be one of the leading guitarist virtuosos of the early nineteenth century. He was a prolific composer, writing over 150 pieces for the guitar, as well as many chamber compositions for the violin, voice, flute, piano, and chamber orchestra.
Classical. Allegretto. 372 Measures. 35 Pages. Time Signature varies. Key varies.
One can hear the Italian operatic influence on Giuliani very strongly in his Op.139, Etude No.3: Allegretto. Mauro Giuliani was friends with the famous opera composer Gioachino Rossini, and this piece demonstrates the value of that friendship’s effect for guitar pedagogy!
This intermediate guitar etude in D major introduces chord shapes and patterns that are common in various guitar styles. Moreover, one can really feel the independent personality of each string and voicing. The piece concludes just like any good opera: all the voices come together to form a dramatic conclusion!
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