Giuliani – Sonatina op. 71 no. 3

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This delightful sonatina is the third of the Tre Sonatine (Three Sonatinas) op.71, which Giuliani published in Vienna in 1816. He intended them especially for beginners, as the original title-page says: “d’una facilità progressiva ad uso dei principianti” (of progressive facility for the use of beginners).

The second movement of this sonatina is a march, and marches were very much in the air in Vienna at that time because of the Congress of Vienna which took place there in 1814 and 1815, when the city was full of the troops of the powers allied against Napoleon. You might wish to play this march with the energy of that moment in mind. In 1814 Giuliani had even published a collection of the marches of the troops of the different countries, arranged for flute and guitar.

More details about Giuliani’s life and works may be found at www.tecla.com.

Movements from this Sonatina are prescribed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for their guitar syllabus from 2019, grade 6.

Brian Jeffery