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Rondo in C Major

Ferdinando Carulli (public domain) Transcribed from the Phillips LP


"Siegfried Schwab";
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As a classical guitar student and an adult, I bought everything I could find about the
classical guitar and its library of music. Among us students at that time, the music of the
Italian guitarist Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) was considered pretty simple, and
uninteresting, much like beginning piano pieces. His contemporaries, Mauro Giuliani and
Fernando Sor wrote much more complicated and beautiful music. Even their studies were great
to listen to.

A really good friend who loved to go to garage sales gave me a present of a well worn
Phillips LP by the great German guitarist Siegfried Schwab. She told me that if I didn't
like it, just toss it in the garbage as she (proudly bragged) only paid 15 cents for it.

I was totally blown away by the LP even with its pops, crackles, and skips. Schwab was well
ahead of his time with his classical experiments, like playing Bach Allemandes and Courantes
with a jazz bass and drummer. The tune on that album that impressed me the most was this
one Rondo by Carulli. The old boy could "get down" in early 19th century sorts of ways as
evidenced by this composition.

A Rondo is a generic musical term that refers to a multi-part piece. If we give each part a
letter name, A, B, C etc., the most common form of Rondo is A-B-A-C-A. The A part is
restated, and many times , the other parts go to other keys, such as the relative minor, the
subdominant, dominant, and relative minor of the dominant. In the Key of C those would be
(in the order I've named) A minor, F, G, E minor. These are probably the most common but
they are not the only ones.

This Rondo has three main parts and an ending:

Part A: Measures 1 - 17 (key of C)


Part B: Measures 18 - 53 (key of G)
Part A: Measures 54 - 69
Part C: Measures 70 - 109 (A minor)
Part A: Measures 110 - 124
Ending: Measures 125 - 146 (key of C).

I suppose the ending could be called a Part D, but usually in Rondos the last part is the
last statement of the A part. If we can borrow a phrase from an unlikely source, Bluegrass
music, the Ending is just an elaborate "shave and a haircut - two bits."

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