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Matteo Carcassi

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Matteo Carcassi Biography


Matteo Carcassi (Florence, Italy, 1792 - Paris, France, 1853) was a famous guitarist and composer. Carcassi started playing music on the piano, but learnt guitar when still a child. He obtained a virtuoso reputation as a concert guitarist very quickly.

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. Germany was where he met his friend Antoine Meissonnier for the first time, on a concert tour in 1819. A famous guitarist too, Meissonnier was the one who published many of Carcassi's works in his Paris publishing house.

From 1820 on, with few interruptions, Carcassi stayed in Paris for most of his time. In 1822, he performed an extremely successful series of concerts in London that gained him great fame, both as a performing artist and as a teacher.

In Paris, a long time passed before he was recognised for his value, also because of the overwhelming consideration tributed to Fernando Carulli, quite a hero for his audience.

Carcassi was in Germany again during fall 1824, and later went to London where his reputation gave him access to greater concert halls, then he went back to Paris, definitively. About every year, he made concert trips from here to the most important cultural towns of Europe, London included. After a short return in 1836, he quit his concert practice around 1840 and died in the French capital in 1853.

Carcassi wrote a method for guitar (op. 59) that still now is valuable 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. Which is why he is still played by so many classical guitarists after all these years.

He also wrote several brilliant transcriptions of popular opera arias.

See also: 25 Etudes op.60



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"25 Melodious and Progressive Studies, Op. 60 (NFMC)" By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). For guitar. Instructional and studies. Early Advanced. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc

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Easy Classic Guitar Solos (Studies and Caprices). By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853) and Fernando Sor (1778-1839). For classical guitar. Classical Guitar Folio; Masterworks. Kalmus Edition. Classical Period and Studies. Collection. Standard guitar notation (no tablature) and fingering

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Classical Guitar Method By Felix Mendelssohn Matteo Carcassi. Arranged by J.S. Collins C.J. Dorn. For Guitar. Classical. Student Book. Standard notation. 128 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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"25 Melodious and Progressive Studies, Op. 60" (For Guitar). By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). Edited by Vahdah Olcott Bickford. For Guitar. Student book. Standard notation. Opus 60. 26 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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Op. 60 for Guitar "(25 Melodic and Progressive Studies). By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). Edited by Paul Henry. For classical guitar. Fretted. Classical Period and Studies. Studies book and examples CD. Standard guitar notation, standard guitar notation, introductory text a

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Matteo Carcassi: 25 Etudes Melodiques Op. 60 Book/CD Set By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). For Guitar (Classical). Solos. Chanterelle. Classic. Intermediate-Advanced. Book/CD Set. 48 pages. Published by Chanterelle

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"Classical Guitar Method, Op. 59 & Twenty-Five Melodious and Progressive Studies" By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). Edited by Philppe Bertaud. For Classical Guitar. Published by Carl Fischer

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"Melodic and Progressive Etudes, Op. 60" (Guitar Solo). By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). Gitarren-Archiv (Guitar Archive). 31 pages. Schott Music #GA2. Published by Schott Music

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Complete Guitar Method - Volume 1 (English Text). By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). Gitarren-Archiv (Guitar Archive). 35 pages. Schott Music #GA1-11. Published by Schott Music

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"Melodic and Progressive Etudes, Op. 60" By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). For Guitar. Classical Guitar Folio; Masterworks. Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Book. 32 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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"25 Studi melodici e progressivi, Op. 60" (Guitar Technique). By Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853). Edited by Guido Margaria. Guitar Method. 40 pages. Ricordi #RER2735. Published by Ricordi

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