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Valse (Op. 10 Nr. 8)

Matteo Carcassi

Matteo Carcassi (1792 - 1853) was a skilled concert guitarist in the first place, he composed about 100 works for guitar at an older age, after he finished his concert career.

Matteo Carcassi was born in Florence, in the year, the French Revolution broke out. As a child, he started playing the piano, but then turned to the guitar and soon became a virtuoso. After a stay in Germany, he moved to Paris, where he started his guitar practice, more or less overshadowed by his fellow-Italian Fernando Carulli.

Regarding his compositions, Carcassi is a little bit in the shade of the great composers like Sor en Giuliani. Nevertheless his Methode and the well known 25 Etudes Melodiques et Progressives are played even today.

Carcassi’s Opus 10 is an interesting work directed at amateurs. It is titled Amusement ou 12 Morceaux Faciles. Easy, however, is relative. Particularly the last theme and variations piece requires considerable practice to execute the variations smoothly.

Op. 10 Nr. 8 Valse is a cheerful straightforward piece like the other waltzes in this opus, that is played best in strict waltz tempo. I suggest to play it fairly fast to obtain a nice "Strauss" effect.