Ferdinando Carulli

String ensemble
For beginners
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12 Romances for 2 Guitars18 Duos brillants et faciles18 Morceaux faciles et progressifs, Op.12018 Petits morceaux, Op.2112 Airs de Paisiello, Op.652 Airs Russes, Op.1102 Duetti, Op.1582 Nocturnes pour Piano et Guitare, Op.1312 Nocturnes, Op.2082 Pot-pourris, Variés pour la Guitare seule, Op.782 Solos, Op.20724 Petites bagatelles, Op.13024 Pieces, Op.12124 Walses pour Guitarre Seule, Op.1223 Airs variés pour 2 guitarres, Op.1663 Divertissements à l'espagnole, Op.2093 Divertissements pour Guitare Seule, Op.183 Divertissements sur des motifs des 'Huguenots'3 Duets, Op.483 Duos for 2 Guitars, Op.893 Duos for Violin and Guitar, Op.43 Duos Nocturnes, Op.1893 Duos pour Violon et Guitare ou Lyre, Op.223 Duos, Op.1463 Fantasies avec Variations pour la Guitare, Op.953 Grand Trios for Flute, Violin and Guitar, Op.93 Nocturnes concertants, Op.1433 Nocturnes de Salon pour deux Guitares, Op.2273 Nocturnes pour Flûte, Violon et Guitare, Op.1193 Ouvertures pour Guitare Seule ou Lyre, Op.63 Petits Duos for Flute and Guitar, Op.1913 Petits Duos Nocturnes pour 2 Guitares, Op.13 Petits Duos pour Piano et Guitare, Op.923 Petits Duos, Op.1463 Petits Duos, Op.573 Petits Nocturnes ou Trio pour Flûte, Violon et Lyre ou Guitare, Op.243 Petits Sonates faciles pour Guitarre ou Lyre avec accompagnement de Violon, Op.233 Rondeaux pour la Guitare, Op.1723 Rondeaux, Op.533 Sérénades, Op.963 Solos pour le Guitare, Op.763 Solos Variés pour Guitare, Op.603 Sonatas for Violin and Guitar, Op.473 Sonates pour Guitare ou Lyre. Op.213 Sonatines pour une Guitare ou Lyre, Op.73 Thêmes Variés pour Guitare, Op.913 Trio Concertants pour Violin, Alto et Guitare, Op.1033 Valses, Op.93 Walzes pour le Piano et Guitare, Op.324 Rondeaux pour la guitarre6 Contre-danses avec les Figures et 3 Valses, Op.496 Contredanses quadrilles, Op.1936 Contre-Danses, Op.586 Duos for Guitar and Flute, Op.1096 Petits Duos Nocturnes, Op.286 Petits Duos, Op.346 Rondeaux sur des thêmes de Rossini, Op.2376 Serenades for Guitar and Flute, Op.1096 Valses, Op.105


Airs nationaux, Op.73Andante et Rondeau, Op.167Andante Varié & Rondeau, Op.155


Concerto for Flute and Guitar


De tout un peu., Op.270Divertissement No.2, Op.69Divertissement pour 2 Guitares ou Guitare seule, Op.52Duo concertant pour le violon et guitare, Op.27Duo Facile pour Piano et Guitare, Op.37Duo pour Guitar and Piano, Op.11Duo pour Piano et Guitare, Op.134Duo pour Piano et Guitare, Op.151Duos Nocturnes, Op.189


Etrennes aux Amateurs, Op.136Etrennes aux Grâces, Op.93


Fantaisie avec variations sur des airs de 'La gazza ladra', Op.197Fantaisie pour Guitare seule, Op.201Fantaisie sur la dernière pensée musicale de Weber, Op.323Fantaisie sur un air national anglais, Op.102Fantaisie, Op.204Fantasie et Variations, Op.98Fantasie pour Flûte et Guitare, Op.337Fantasie pour Flûte, Violon et Guitare, Op.123Fantasie sur le Motif de Paganini intitulé La ClochetteFantasie, Op.157


Grand Duo Concertant, Op.65Grand Duo pour Piano et Guitare, Op.70Grand Duo pour Piano et Guitare, Op.86Grand recueil de morceaux progressifs, Op.333Grand recueil pour la guitareGrande Marche, Op.161Guitar Concerto, Op.140Guitar Sonata, Op.5


La Folle arrangée en Fantaisie, Op.363La paix, Op.85La Parisienne, Op.332La Véritable Cosaque, Op.126L'Agnese, Op.132Larghetto et Variations, Op.164Larghetto in E minorLe répertoire des élèves, Op.124Le véritable Pot-Pourri pour Guitarre Seule, Op.79Les Folies d'Espagne, Op.75Les trois jours, Op.331L'Harmonie appliquée à la GuitareL'orage, Op.2


Ma Normandie, Op.364Méthode complète pour le Décacorde, Op.293Méthode complète, Op.27Morçeaux progressifs, Op.264Mosaique des morceaux favoris de 'Les Huguenots'


Nocturne brillant, Op.218Nocturne concertante pour 2 Guitares, Op.118Nocturne pour 2 Guitares, Op.148Nocturne pour Piano et Guitare, Op.127Nocturne pour Violon et Guitare, Op.115


Petite Fantaisie sur des Airs de Rossini, Op.200Petite Fantasie, Op.82Polonaise, Op.141Pot-pourri pour la Guitarre, Op.74Première suite à la méthode, Op.61


Recueil de 6 différens morceaux pour Guitare seule, Op.99Recueil de différents morçeaux, Op.15Recueil de différents morçeaux, Op.36Repertoire des Commençans No.4, Op.176Repertoire des Commençans No.5, Op.177Repertoire des Commençans No.6, Op.178


Sammlung von 18 Präludien und 24 StückenSeconde suite à la méthode, Op.71Serenade, Op.7Solfèges avec accompagnement de guitare, Op.195Solo avec Variations, Op.107Solo pour Guitare ou Lyre, Op.20Supplément à la Méthode, Op.192


Troisième divertissement pour les commençans, Op.72Troisième Recueil de Morceaux faciles pour Guitare seule, à l'usage des Commençants, Op.35


Variations on 'La Marseillaise', Op.330Variations on Sul Margine d'un Rio, Op.142


École de guitare, Op.241
Ferdinando Maria Meinrado Francesco Pascale Rosario Carulli (9 February 1770 – 17 February 1841) was an Italian composer for classical guitar and the author of the influential Méthode complète pour guitare ou lyre, op. 27 (1810), which contains music still used by student guitarists today. He wrote a variety of works for classical guitar, including numerous solo and chamber works and several concertos. He was an extremely prolific writer, composing over 400 works for the instrument.
Carulli was born to an affluent, upper-class family in Naples. His father, Michele, was a distinguished literator, secretary to the delegate of the Neapolitan Jurisdiction. Like many of his contemporaries, he was taught musical theory by a priest, who was also an amateur musician. Carulli's first instrument was the cello, but when he was twenty he discovered the guitar and devoted his life to the study and advancement of the guitar. As there were no professional guitar teachers in Naples at the time, Carulli developed his own style of playing.
Carulli was a gifted performer. His concerts in Naples were so popular that he soon began touring Europe. Around 1801 Carulli married a French woman, Marie-Josephine Boyer, and had a son with her. A few years later Carulli started to compose in Milan, where he contributed to local publications. After a highly successful Paris tour, Carulli moved there. At the time the city was known as the 'music-capital' of the world, and he stayed there for the rest of his life.
Carulli became highly successful as a guitar teacher in Paris. It was also here that the majority of his works were published. Later in his life he became a self-publisher and, in addition to his own music, published the works of other prominent guitarists including Filippo Gragnani whom he befriended and who later dedicated three guitar duets to Carulli.
Carulli also began to experiment with instrument making toward the end of his life and, in collaboration with the Parisian luthier René Lacôte, developed a 10-string instrument, the Decacorde.
Carulli died in Paris on 17 February 1841, eight days after his 71st birthday.
Carulli was among the most prolific composers of his time. He wrote more than four hundred works for the guitar, and countless others for various instrumental combinations, always including the guitar. His most influential work, the "Method, op. 27", published in 1810, contains pieces still widely used today in training students of the classical guitar. Along with numerous works for two guitars, works for guitar with violin or flute, and three concertos for guitar with chamber orchestra, Carulli also composed several works for guitar and piano (in collaboration with his son, Gustavo).
Many of the pieces now regarded as Carulli's finest were initially turned down by publishers who considered them too difficult for the average recreational guitarist. It is likely that many of his best works remained unpublished and are now lost. Nevertheless, several of Carulli's published works point at the likely quality and sophistication of his concert music, the Six Andantes Op. 320 (dedicated to the guitarist Matteo Carcassi) being a good example. The great majority of Carulli's surviving works, however, were those considered marketable enough by mainstream Parisian publishers aiming at an amateur recreational market.
In addition to his highly successful Methode Op. 27 (which went through four editions during his lifetime and a major revision, as Op. 241), Carulli also published several supplements to the method, along with a method without explanatory text (L'Anti Methode Op. 272), a method for the decacorde, a harmony treatise, a treatise dealing with guitar accompaniment of the voice, and several collections of vocalises and solfèges. The latter studies were intended to exploit the guitar's accompanying capabilities, and to be used by both singer-guitarists amateurs, and voice teachers who were not proficient figured bass readers.
Classical guitarists have recorded many of his works. Arguably his most famous work is a duet for guitar and flute, which was recorded by Alexander Lagoya and Jean-Pierre Rampal, although his Duo in G Op.34 achieved a measure of indirect fame in Britain as the theme tune of cult 1980s science fiction/television game show The Adventure Game. The Duo in G has been recorded several times, most famously by Julian Bream and John Williams.
Among the guitars used by Carulli, one finds