Giuliani: Classical Guitar Opus 50 No.2 in Guitar Tab and Standard Notation

Updated on March 5, 2019
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Chasmac is a semi-retired guitar teacher who has taught in various schools in London and elsewhere for over 30 years.

Opus 50 No.2 "Grazioso" by Mauro Giuliani in Guitar Tab and Standard Notation
Opus 50 No.2 "Grazioso" by Mauro Giuliani in Guitar Tab and Standard Notation | Source

Here's a great classical guitar piece from Opus 50 (Papillon Series) in "theme and variations" form by the 19th century Italian composer, Mauro Giuliani. The video has both the score and an audio track generated from the MIDI output of the notation software. View the score in full screen mode at HD playback quality for a clear display. Alternatively, see the tab and notation below the video. Enlarge it if necessary by clicking on any line of the score. For offline viewing and printing, download the score in PDF format from the link below the score.

Giuliani: Opus 50 No.2 "Grazioso"

Giuliani: Opus 50 No.2 "Grazioso"
Giuliani: Opus 50 No.2 "Grazioso" | Source

PDF of Giuliani's Opus 50 No.2

Click to download a free PDF of Giuliani's Opus 50 No.2 for convenient offline viewing and printing.

Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition
Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition

Improve your ability to read the standard notation staffs of Giuliani's Opus 50 No.2 and other pieces instead of using tab with its many limitations. Solo Guitar Playing by Frederick Noad is an excellent teaching resource that I've used for teaching notation to my fingerstyle and classical guitar students. It takes students from complete beginner level to sight reading intermediate level pieces.

 

Learners' Notes

Giuliani's Opus 50 no 2 is around pre-intermediate level. It's quite easy to play in terms of fingering as it never leaves the first fretboard position of the guitar, and it makes a lot of use of open string notes, too. The main difficulty, as you might have guessed, is in the 'variations' section. It needs to be played quite fast to make the most of all those 16th notes that fill in between the melody notes.

There are just two sections and no repeats: the plain melodic section, which lasts for sixteen bars (or measures), and the variation section, which is also sixteen bars, plus an extra bar to finish with a flourish.

Time Signature

The 24 'two-four' time signature means each bar contains two quarter note beats. The first section is mostly 8th notes, so it's an easy count of 1 & 2 &. When it comes to the variations section, the count will be 1 e & a 2 e & a. Counting like that is good to begin with if you're not sure of the timing, but when you've got it, just feel the beat as you play. Don't think numbers.

Melody

The melody is shown in the notation with upward pointing note stems. Try to emphasise those melody to make them sound clear of the bass notes underneath.

Tempo

The tempo in the audio track is 72 BPM (beats per minute). Start slow so that you can ensure that you play the 16th notes accurately and evenly. Make the second section the section that decides the tempo. You don't want to play the first section well and at speed only to have to slow down for the second section.

Key and Chords

The key is C major throughout, and the chords are mainly just the main chords of the key. The 'home' or tonic chord is C major, and the dominant chord that leads home to C is G major. These are the chords that are formed from the melody and bass notes mostly as arpeggios. They're not played as full chords anywhere except right at the end where C major is played with a flourish.

Fingering

Bass notes are shown in the notation with downward pointing stems and should be played with your thumb. The fill in notes are also shown with downward pointing stems, but they're not bass notes; they're the fill in notes that add to both the harmony and melody. Play those with fingers not thumb. Play only notes on the 4th string or lower in pitch with your thumb - those are the true bass notes. For the other notes, use the fingers that feel most practical. Always alternate fingers where possible, and try to avoid using the same finger twice in a row with successive notes on the same string.

As for your fretting hand, the fingering is straightforward as you're mostly holding cut-down chord shapes. Use the fingers that need the least movement from one location to the next.

Credits

The music is by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) and is in the Public Domain.

The score, audio track and cover image are by chasmac produced on Finale, Goldwave and Photoshop.

Questions & Answers

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      • chasmac profile imageAUTHOR

        chasmac 

        4 years ago from UK

        Thanks, Stella. I agree about Giuliani - lots of tuneful pieces that are easy to play.

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        stella vadakin 

        4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

        Hi, I enjoyed reading your hub and playing the music. I love Giuliani because he wrote for the beginners and in easy keys.

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