Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

Mauro Giuliani, guitar virtuoso, heir to the lutenists of old, friend of Beethoven and Rossini, composed concerti, chamber music, and songs, as well as guitar solos and duets. A Dutchman who heard him in 1808 when he had first arrived in Vienna from Italy, had a perceptive insight into the nature of Giuliani’s work. He wrote: “Then I heard a guitarist who played so perfectly that he often reminded me of the fine old time of true lute playing”….

To learn more about Giuliani, go to Giuliani: life and music.


Giuliani: The Complete Studies A standard re-engraved edition for students.
Giuliani: Dances of 1810 for solo guitar (which might equally well be entitled “The very easy pieces which Giuliani composed as a young man when he first arrived in Vienna”)
Giuliani: Siciliana (Andantino). Prescribed for the Associated Board for their examinations, Grade 8.
Giuliani: Sonatina for guitar, op. 71 no. 3. Prescribed for the Associated Board for their examinations, Grades 6 to 8.
Giuliani: Sonata op. 15, re-engraved edition
Giuliani: The six Rossiniane, complete in one book
Giuliani: Grande Ouverture, op. 61
Giuliani: Gran Sonata Eroica, op. 150
Giuliani: Two Rondos for guitar and keyboard, re-engraved not facsimile, score and separate guitar part
Giuliani: Studio op. 1 (this is his well-known “method” including the right and left hand studies)
Giuliani: The Complete Works in 39 volumes

Audio and Video Examples

Rob MacKillop plays Giuliani’s Monferrine nos 1,6,7 and 9, which can be found in the Tecla edition of
Giuliani – Dances of 1810

La Tarantella is found in
Giuliani – Dances of 1810

Rob MacKillop plays four of Giuliani’s Monferrine dances, from
Giuliani –  Dances of 1810 for guitar

Mauro Giuliani’s Sonatina op. 71 no. 3
Giuliani – Sonatina op. 71 no. 3

Jamie Akers plays Giuliani op. 48 no. 23 from
Giuliani –  Complete Studies

The guitar duet, the overture to Il Barbiere Rossini arr Giuliani, played by Maccari and Pugliese at the Conservatorio in Alessandria, from
Giuliani – Complete Works volume 24