Matteo Carcassi’s Opus 59, Fifty Progressive Pieces, is from his guitar method originally printed and became famous in 1836.
Behind the Project
Matteo Carcassi’s Opus 59, Fifty Progressive Pieces, is the first full-length book in a series of books I would like to publish. It took five months to set and typeset. The artwork took a couple of after that. And the publication process took a couple of days after that. Here are some things I have learned during the process.
Planning is good. For the most part, I like to plan things out. Projects of this nature are not planned. I do not have a certain deadline to meet. I do have a timeframe for finishing projects, but not a certain deadline. The secret ingredient is “focus.” As I have stated in another article, it is okay to make a list of ideas and projects that you want to get done.
I would highly recommend a list of goals and objectives. But if you are not setting a timeline and deadline for yourself, make it a practice of keeping the present project in front of you. Do not move on to other projects, apart from the ones that must be done now (kind of like this blog post). Finish one project and then move on to the next one. Make a list of projects you want to do and prioritize them.
Matteo Carcassi Himself
Matteo Carcassi was a famous guitarist who spent many years teaching piano and guitar in Paris, France. He was born on April 8, 1792, in Florence, Italy. He also lived in Germany for a few years before moving to France. There are reports suggesting that he may have fought in the Napoleonic Wars.
During his life, Carcassi toured extensively around Europe as a concert guitarist. He eventually met and befriended Jean-Antoine Meissonnier, a fellow guitarist. Meissonnier, who had a publishing house in Paris, would go on to publish many of Carcassi’s works.
Carcassi also composed many guitar accompaniments to the songs of his day. These were possibly a source of income for him at the time.
However, Carcassi’s skill at the guitar would be overlooked and many people place the blame on Ferdinando Carulli. Although both have contributed major work to the guitar repertoire, Carulli’s music overshadowed that of Carcassi. After tours in German and London, he began to receive fame and notoriety as a guitarist. This eventually led to his compositions being recognized as valuable contributions to the guitar.
Carcassi died on January 16, 1853, at the age of 60. He left a legacy of beautiful works for the guitar.
Sources: Wikipedia, Classical Guitar Shed, Tecla Editions
Matteo Carcassi’s Opus 59
The Matteo Carcassi Opus 59 contains 50 progressive pieces from his guitar method. It is available here for digital download. Opus 59 is seen as one of his many valuable works. The fifty progressive pieces from the third part of his guitar method are presented here in this book. It is updated with a modern, more readable format including fingerings and barred chords. Carcassi’s Opus 59 is appropriate for classical guitarists of all stages from beginners to advanced players.
- All 50 pieces from Carcassi’s Opus 59, Third Part.
- Presented in a modern easy-to-read setting.
- Updated fingerings and barred chords.
You can download the free Opus 59 Sampler by signing up for Pauly’s Guitar Journal Monthly Newsletter and/or you can purchase the full book in the Pauly’s Guitar Journal Shop. Physical copies are also available here.