Classical Guitar Solos - Favorite Sonatinas (Book) by David Grimes

Classical Guitar Solos - Favorite Sonatinas (Book) by David Grimes

Mel Bay

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In this book, guitarist and music historian David Grimes presents 20 “small sonatas” or sonatinas, complete with detailed performance notes and bio sketches of each of the contributing composers: Leonhard von Call, Matteo Carcassi, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani, Francesco Molino, and Antonio Nava.  While flexible, the early 19th-century sonatina form usually consists of 2 - 4 contrasting movements, here in guitar-friendly keys, making these pieces ideal for performance by intermediate-level students. 

In all but the most challenging passages, Grimes has intentionally kept fingering to a minimum to allow students to form their own concept of this critical skill. Then, as many bass notes in these pieces are played on open strings, the player must develop a sense of when to selectively damp dissonant tones or observe a rest— exposing and overcoming yet another shortcoming in the education of many guitarists.  

Most classic guitar teachers are familiar with the easy didactic studies by Carcassi, Carulli and Giuliani; Favorite Sonatinas offers more highly developed, but not yet virtuoso pieces by the same Italian triumvirate— plus three more composers in a similar vein— promoting confident, enjoyable sight-reading by guitarists of all levels. 

Leonhard von Call
 - Leichte Sonate
Matteo Carcassi
 - Trois Sonatines, op. 1
Ferdinando Carulli
 - Trois Sonatines, op. 7
Mauro Giuliani
 - Tre Sonatine, op. 71
 - Trois Sonates brillantes, op. 96
Francesco Molino
 - Trois Sonates, op. 6
Antonio Nava
 - Le Stagioni dell’Anno
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Skill Level:Intermediate

Notation Type:Standard Notation


Binding:Perfect Binding

Size:8.75 x 11.75



Series:Classical Guitar Tunes

Publisher:Mel Bay Publications, Inc.

Date Published:1/14/2021

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