Matteo Carcassi

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10 Small Pieces, Op.1112 Easy Pieces, Op.1012 Small Pieces for Guitar or Lyre, Op.312 Waltzes, Op.232 Ballet Airs from Rossini's 'Mosè in Egitto', Op.282 Quadrilles, 2 Contredanses, 2 Walses, et 2 Galops, Op.5322 Easy and Carefully Fingered Pieces, Op.143 Italian Airs With Variations, Op.93 Rondos, Op.23 Sonatinas, Op.13 Swiss Airs with Variations, Op.443 Thèmes variés pour la Guitare, Op.124 Airs Favoris Variés, WoO4 Medleys on Very Pretty Airs from Operas by Rossini, Op.136 Airs variés d'une exécution brillante et facile, Op.186 Caprices, Op.266 Waltzes, Op.48 Divertimenti, Op.25


Adieux à la Suisse varié pour la guitare, Op.56Air Suisse varié, Op.20Air varié des 'Mystères d'Isis', Op.24Au Clair de la Lune, chanté dans 'Les Voitures Versées', varié, Op.7


Cenerentola Variations, Op.31Choix des plus jolies Valses de Strauss et de Labitzki, Op.68


Der AbschiedDer muntere AlpenhirtDivertissements, Op.16


Etrennes aux amateurs, Op.8Etude in A majorEtudes, Op.60


Fantaisie de l'opéra 'La Muette de Portici', Op.33Fantaisie des plus jolis airs de 'Robin des Bois', Op.19Fantaisie sur des motifs de l'opera 'Le postillon de Lonjumeau', Op.64Fantaisie sur des motifs de 'Zampa', Op.40Fantaisie sur 'Le Comte Ory', Op.34Fantaisie sur les motifs de 'Gustave', Op.49Fantaisie sur les motifs de 'La Part du Diable', Op.73Fantaisie sur les motifs du 'Cheval de Bronze', Op.57Fantaisie sur les motifs du 'Pré Aux Clercs', Op.48Fantaisie sur les motifs du 'Serment', Op.45Fantaisie sur l'opéra 'Fra Diavolo', Op.37Fantaisie sur l'opéra 'Guillaume Tell', Op.36Fantaisie sur l'opéra 'La Fiancée', Op.35Fantaisie sur l'opéra 'Le Dieu et la Bayadère', Op.38Fantaisie sur l'opéra 'Les Diamans de la Couronne', Op.71


Introduction, 8 Variations and Finale on the Duo from 'La Capricciosa Corretta', Op.6


LarghettoLe nouveau papillon, Op.5Le songe de Rousseau, Op.17Les récréations des commençans, Op.21


Mélange sur des Motifs de Zampa, Op.43Mélange sur des thèmes favoris de 'La Sirène', Op.74Mélange sur les airs de 'Zanetta', Op.70Mélange sur les airs favoris du 'Lac des Fées', Op.69Mélange sur 'Sarah' de Grisar, Op.62Menuet in G majorMéthode complète pour la guitare, Op.59Mosaïque sur les motifs favoris de l'opéra 'Le Domino noir', Op.67


Premiere Quadrille de Contredanses


Récréations musicales, Op.50Rondoletto on the Favorite Air 'Clic-Clac', Op.41


Tra La La, air varié, Op.15


Valse du 'Duc de Reichstadt', Op.52Variationen über ein Tema von Weigl aus dem Singspiel 'Die Schweizerfamilie'Variations sur l'air favori Petit Blanc, Op.29
Matteo Carcassi (1792 – 16 January 1853) was an Italian guitarist and composer.
Carcassi was born in Florence, Italy, and first studied the piano, but learned guitar when still a child. He quickly gained a reputation as a virtuoso concert guitarist.
He moved to Germany in 1810, gaining almost immediate success. In 1815, he was living in Paris, earning his living as a teacher of both the piano and the guitar. On a concert tour in Germany in 1819, he met his friend Antoine Meissonnier for the first time. Also a famous guitarist, Meissonnier published many of Carcassi's works in his Paris publishing house. For Meissonnier he also arranged a number of popular songs for guitar that were originally written for piano, including works by Théodore Labarre and Loïsa Puget.
From 1820 on, Carcassi spent the majority of his time in Paris. In 1823, he performed an extremely successful series of concerts in London that earned him great fame, both as a performing artist and as a teacher. However, in Paris, a long time passed before his talents were truly recognized, partly because of the presence of Ferdinando Carulli.
Carcassi was in Germany again during autumn 1824. Afterwards he performed in London, where his reputation now gave him access to more prestigious concert halls. Finally he returned to Paris. For several years, he made concert trips from here to the most important cultural towns of Europe, including London. After a short return to performing in 1836, he quit his concert practice around 1840 and died in Paris in 1853.
Carcassi wrote a method for guitar (op. 59), first published with Schott in Mainz, in 1836. It is still valuable, relevant and interesting. His most famous works are collected in his 25 Etudes op. 60. In these, he managed to blend technical skills and brilliant romantic music. This is the reason his music is still played by so many classical guitarists today.