The Murray A. Frucht Memorial Ethnomusicology Web Page

[Your headquarters for allthings Carulli. (and other cool stuff)]



Yay! "The Three Days" is finally in my hands.
Scroll down, for "results." :)

Hi there,
My name is Marco Capelli Frucht
and I believe that Fernando Carulli was the best writer of
guitar music
Who ever lived.
That's just my opinion.
Many don't share this for some
I hope someday to be good enough for
people to dislike me as
Much as people seem to dislike
"i.m.h.o." Carulli was a true artist.
Expressing himself
Simply, sweetly,
you could say

I think some people just don't get it...

Green Bay 16jan01

22jan15 Carulli lessons are my favorite I think. (and his 3 days war one? And the afrikan giraffe in paris?? Major studies in ethnomusicology when you think about it...)
Konetiuk. Here's some press stuff to enjoy. :) I love the quote about my Boceto Andaluz where they loves some of my stuff and hates on other stuff. Yippie!

I really don't update this page enough. I should.
So today I played some scales and then a couple songs on someone else's sweet classical guitar on the brand new bamboo stage at Bean&Leaf Cafe and Roastery. [ Link ]
I just found out about a new classic guitarist, check out Javier Penonori.

He gives away about 6 full mp3s, and shares a lot of himself if you can read spanish. If not, try babelfishing it and see if you can at least understand some of it, right?


Carulli is a composer who's most well known to guitarists, both as the author of a useful teaching manual and as a composer. Born in Naples, he was at first a cellist, but started to teach himself the guitar when he was about twenty years old; for there were no competent guitar teachers in Naples at that time. He is said to have been entirely self-taught. Although already knowing violin and cello can't have hurt, right? He moved in 1808 to Paris, where he remained until his death in 1841. Many claim that he invented the 10-string guitar, and that he was Carcassi's favorite teacher.
View TAB of Marco Capelli's song, CHIAPANECA.
Completed March 12, 1999.


You can get most of my classical guitar album here:
The mp3's aren't normalized to each other, but I think that's the only mastering difference between what you'll get there and if you buy a CD directly from me. Ping me if you want one though.

10may13 - IMDB (Internet Movie Database) just gave me a credit as "Obnoxious Paparazzi. That's kind of rude, but I'll take it. Yupper, in that world, bad news is good news, right? Break a leg! []
9nov05 Yikes! Long times since an update out here. Slow going on webpages. I write in notepad, so I guess I'll get to all of them soon, eh?

25nov04 Stuffed myself for thanksgiving. I guess it was unavoidable, eh? Well, next month I have a gig playing Medieval music in Connecticut. Looking forward to that for sure. It assures my ability to visit my mom and sister for Christmas too. First time in 3 or 4 years. Shame on me, eh?

6feb04 and all is even better. Mucho mejor! Here are some classical guitar recordings that haven't gotten nearly as much regular rotation as my Boceto Andaluz.
Please consider playing them in your playlists, or in between heavier songs on your radio stations and stuff, ok?
hint, hint...
  • Mozart etude
  • sonata
  • Sarabande
  • Grand Etude
  • Chiapaneca
  • Revelation 13
  • 10may02 and all is well;
    ( wanna hear my newest folksongs?)

    I played the following set-list during dinner hour at Wisconsin's Housing Now forum held Thursday at the local Moravian church.

    Only made a few hundred mistakes, and overall was very well received. Many people came up afterwards and expressed gratitude that such a beautiful style was shared and how happy it left everybody feeling.

  • vals - Bartolome Calatayud
  • melodia ibid.
  • boceto andaluz ibid.
  • habanera ibid.
  • lamento gitano ibid.
  • fandanguillo ibid.
  • Estampa Gitana ibid.
  • Mozart etude - Fernando Carulli
  • Beethoven Theme and Variation - Fernando Carulli
  • Grand Etude - Fernando Carulli
  • sonata - Fernando Carulli
  • rondo allegro - Fernando Carulli
  • sarabande - J.S. Bach
  • a minor prelude ibid.
  • etude in c ibid.
  • minuet ibid.
  • allamande ibid.
  • sarabande ibid.
  • gigue ibid.
  • minuet g ibid.
  • minuet 1
  • minuet 2
  • la girafe a paris - Fernando Carulli
  • chaconne - J.S. Bach


    -Andante G (thursday note: this one's actually coming to me after 4 years=)
    [5 years now???]
    -Le bon pasteur
    -La petit mendiante (F.C. as homeless activist!)
    -Les trois ages du Troubadour
    -Divertimiento y minue op. 276
    (The largo and trio are easy enough but there's a romanza and a walz kicking my butt. To top it
    off the guy wrote in three languages!;)
    [left this in so you can see my progress. :)]
    -Mozart's Etude
    (this piece is very sweet. One of the only mozart
    pieces I actually love.)
    -Beethoven's Theme and Variation.
    (How come the Variation comes easy but not the theme???)
    [Maybe it's like when someone says something and then they realize
    that's not exactly how they meant it, so they say it a couple other ways?]

    -Sonata (The allegro in A is easy. The rondo keeps hinting toward
    Bm from A! How complex. Then suddenly you're in C. Bizarre.
    Back to A major again never wanting to have left C.
    How can I
    describe this in words. Ask me this time next year.)
    [Very fun. In two words, this song is interesting and fresh. How
    else should I describe it???]

    -Prelude Dm
    -Prelude in Em -Am Study (My favorite one-page song Carulli's written)
    -Allegro in Am (my second fave one-pager)
    -Waltzes G & E
    -Walzer DALL op. 18
    -Grand Etude C (5 pages. Thrilling stuff)
    -Moderato Em
    -Waltz C
    -Andante, Andantino -Am Andante
    -Waltz (another C one. What are these compilation songs
    REALLY called???)
    -Allegretto in C -Waltz Em
    -Waltz A (another great one-pager. I was playing it lickety-split unable to feel it.
    Stepped it down to 116 and it sounded Great!)
    -Autant qu'il m'en Souvient
    (Near as I can Recall. (my Spanish is much better than my Italian and French, sorry.))
    -La Coquette du Village (I leave that untranslated 8-)
    -La mere et L'amant
    -Untitled. opus 6. #1 (4 pages. Really sweet.)
    (Play this at least a hundred times. Then you'll realize it's actually a difficult song.
    Who else could think to
    compose in C using Am for tension and
    then sail back to C? Great stuff.)


    -La laterne Magique
    -L'Inquietude (The restlessness)
    [it's amazing what you think you're no good at until you hear someone else
    do it. Not mentioning any names of course...]

    -Allegro Moderato D
    -Waltz A
    -Siciliana Am
    -Andante C (very awkward)
    -Le Nid et la Rose
    -Le petit doigt (the baby finger)
    -Je revenais de mon village
    -LA GIRAFE A PARIS: Divertissemat Africo-Francais Op. 306
    -Ecole de Guitare. Gitarre Schulle
    (I'm about 2/3 done with this one)

    I own over
    50 of his compositions.
    And mastered only
    30?!? =(

    -Two Studies; A and Am
    -An A Prelude with rip roaring trumpets - (a tone poem if you ask me.)
    -Sonata DALL Op. 18
    (I think the ending stinks here. A let-down, but I'm not ready to criticize yet...
    I can't believe these three little pages could give me so much trouble.)
    -Ejercicios Progresivos.
    16 songs. The rondo's are impossible.
    btw: the only AMERICAN guitars I buy are epiphones

    I've been working on a LOT of Bach and Bartolome Calatayud last year and this year. It takes me away from my Carulli work now and then, but I trust it'll be worth it.

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    Did Bach play guitar; did Bach play lute?

    the kokopeli guitar!

  • I recommend La Girafe a Paris.

    In 1827 an unusual gift from the Pasha of Egypt became
    the rage of Paris;
    Carulli wrote this extended rondo in her honor.
    "Inherently charming" - Jeff Kust, Guitar Review;
    "a delightful piece,
    having variety and length
    but no real problems." - Derek Faux Bowyer, Guitar International.

    Some of my current inspirations in addition to Carulli:

    spinning record spindle 45 gifAllan Alexander

    Badi Assad

    Carl Franklin

    Martha Redbone

    Rodrigo y Gabriela

    David Rovics

    Michael Stitt

    You should hear how I'm coming along with some of Carulli's sonatas now! And I have only the B composers to thank for this!

    "Although my repertoire covers Flamenco, Celtic, and a lot of original songs,
    my favorites from the Classical section are:
    R. Johnson: Alman
    JS Bach: A Minuet that I don't have the # for (you can hear it and the Alman at: )
    M. Guiliani: Almost anything
    F. Carulli: Almost anything
    J. Segreras: El Colibri (OK, I don't quite have
    this one yet, but I love working on it)

    And not to sound uppity but I like playing my own
    compositions even though I don't think they are anywhere
    near the level of any of the above, just because they are

    Jim in Canada

    "...or the Italian guitarists Carulli, Molino, etc"
     > That's a lot easier to answer. Read Berlioz' discussion of the guitar
    > in his Treatise of Instrumentation, and you would know immediately how
    > he handles these things. In general, we can assume that whatever
    > guitar technique Berlioz used in his own playing, was basically
    > according to the Carulli school. All known pieces of guitar music in
    > Berlioz' hand, are actually copies of pieces from the Carulli method.

    Now this I find very interesting. I learned guitar from the Carulli method.
    I love the music of Berlioz. Will start searching for similarities.


    [When you see 8 or 10 triplets in one measure,
    think one of two things. Inspired and sweet?
    Carulli, drab and mundane?
    Kenny G.]
    [finally, this discourse between tombrown@ and mlee@ made me laugh so hard I 'd almost forgotten where "cut" and "paste" were on this thing...]

    >As a long-time fingerstyler, I played my first Carulli
    >ditty for my CG teacher and ended it with a snazzy string
    >bend and some harmonics. You'd have thought I'd displayed
    >my unwashed private parts on her finest glass coffeetable.
    > I guess you're not supposed to dip discount bologna
    >into fine dijon.

    She had dijon on her glass coffeetable?
    She may be able to teach you technique. I wouldn't pay
    for her advice on interpretation, not with that attitude.


    Anything Least Bit Related to CARULLI-ism

    Carulli's Place In History.
    Once I drew a picture and wrote a poem at the same time.
    NAMMYS. Native American Music Awards. (I'm their online spokesperson)
    guitar.netGreat Books
    Classical Guitar, Flamenco AND Native Flute. Good Stuff
    Robert Kunin
    Albert Schweitzer
    Library of Congress Carulli Citations.
    And see what they're saying about him in Korea! And Brasil too.
    See a list of his printed works.

    I guess I should tell you the order of my newest recording.

    (Click the pic for Meredith's page.)

  • Boceto Andaluz - Bartolome Calatayud
  • Estampa Gitana - Calatayud
  • Minuet I - J.S. Bach
  • Habanera - Calatayud
  • Vals - Calatayud
  • Lamento Gitano - Calatayud
  • Chaccone - Bach
  • (Chaconne even!)

    Please sign the petition asking President Clinton Bush Kerry Bush Kerry Bush to declare February "National Guitar Month."

    Feb 6, 1995 - Bob Marley
    Feb 16, 1996 - David Matheson
    Feb 17, 1778 - Fernando Sor
    Feb 20, 1770 - FERNANDO CARULLI
    Feb 20, 1946 - J (jerome) Geils
    Feb 20, 1967 - Kurt Cobain
    Feb 20, 1964 - Marco Capelli
    Feb 21, 1893 - ANDRES SEGOVIA
    Feb 23, 1944 - Johnny Winter
    Feb 26, 1932 - Johnny Cash
    Feb 27, 1954 - Neal Schon
    If anyone knows where I can
    get "Les Trois Jours" by Carulli,
    Could you please let me know?
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Yay! "The Three Days" is finally in my hands.
    Thanks, shouts and greets go out to Hans.
    I've been looking for this song since quite a
    few years ago, and the other day I got an email
    saying: If you are looking for 'Les trois jours'
    I got it for you.

    It's a tone poem of sorts. See if you can get it
    just from these words.
    The first part starts out with "despotism causing opression."
    Then there is surprise caused by the king's ordinance.
    (as is usually the case with Carulli
    the tension starts off right from the "get go.")
    Then there's "disquiet of the people," for about a
    page and a half, building up to actual riots. A full
    page of riots. Feel them if you can. I'm just starting
    to. It's taking a while. I play it a couple times a day
    with all my other studies and it's taking slowly
    I think.
    Then comes a Parisien March which signifies that the
    people are victorious, which leads into an allegretto
    for a little more than one more page to end the song
    on a very upbeat couple of chords.

    I wonder if I should
    start a method called
    "figured treble" for
    people who don't know
    the fine art of improv?