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Volume 5: Night at the Opera
The Opera was immensely popular in the nineteenth century, people hummed and whistled the fanous aria’s on the streets. In fact the opera in those days compares to the pop music in our days.
Many people could not afford to visit the famous opera theatres in Europe, s a market emerged for arrangements of opera melodies. In this way people could play them at home or perform them in clubs on their own instruments.
Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806 - 1856) responded to this trend with his Opera Revue Op. 8 and various fantasies on opera melodies. These works require a high level of technical skill on the guitar.
Mertz did compose some more easy arrangements in his Kukuk oder Musikalische Rundschau, a collection of 12 compilations of short performance pieces for the guitar. This collection contains a large number of arrangements of opera melodies, amongst others by Bellini, Verdi, Meyerbeer.
The opera melodies are the subject of this book. As a bonus I added some early works by Mertz himself. Besides the scores, this book contains brief descriptions of the opera composers and the relevant operas themselves.
On this page you’ll find a sample of the book that contains the covers, the table of contents and a few example pieces.
Note: the print-out is 'as is'. Changes and editorial errors reserved.