The 25 Etudes op. 60 by Carcassi are famous and have gone through many editions. Generations of guitarists have known them and played them. But this Tecla edition is different: it does not simply copy another modern edition but instead goes back to the original editions for its sources. In 2010 the guitarist and teacher Heinrich Jochen wrote in an email: “The Carcassi opus 60 [that is to say, this Tecla edition] is really a fortune, since any other edition I had viewed contained too much added fingering foreign to Carcassi’s”.
This is a new edition of Carcassi’s 25 Etudes op. 60 for guitar, newly established by Brian Jeffery directly from the original editions.
This Tecla edition of Carcassi’s Etudes op. 60 broke new ground when I first published it in 2006 in that it is based on a detailed re-examination of the original sources. This is a complete definitive edition with only the original fingering. I have added no new fingering. The edition has a new introduction and includes notes on technique and interpretation.
Why should I use this edition of Carcassi’s Etudes rather than any other?
Because this edition establishes a new and fully reliable text, fully practical, with comments on every piece, at a very reasonable price. These Etudes were originally published only after Carcassi’s death in 1853 and the only known two original editions contain many problems in the text. This edition examines those problems in detail and finds solutions. This is a standard edition specially for students.
TECLA 0345 (paperbound), TECLA 0346 (clothbound). Newly edited by Brian Jeffery. 48 pages.
Patrik Kleemola has recorded all of these Etudes. Here he is playing etude op. 60 no. 1: