Carcassi: Andante in B♭ And now to move forward by more than two centuries to the Romantic period.
Matteo Carcassi (1792 – 1853) was an acclaimed Florentine guitarist and composer, who lived and performed in France, Germany and England.
I adapted this piece this from Alonso Medio’s: Spanish Guitar Tutor, p 41 (Pub: Clifford Essex). The tutor describes it as “a fine study for the development of a cantabile legato melody width a subordinated accompaniment”. I haven’t shown the legatos in the score, as they are all the same, being 7 beats long and separated by a 1-beat rest.
The Andante is characterised by gradual harmonic movement between chords using suspensions. I have inserted the chord names to illustrate this.
The piece was relatively easy to reduce to 4 strings, as that is where most of the original sits. Many of Carcassi’s pieces make much use of the bass strings, but I shall browse his oeuvre to see if there are any more suitable for adapting.
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