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Minuet and Trio by Diabelli

Classical Guitar Excellence By Diabelli

"The minuet and trio eventually became the standard third movement in the four-movement classical symphony..."

When writing this piece, I wonder just how much Anton Diabelli was influenced by the master musicians of his day of whom he mixed with on a personal, social and musical level. Indeed, the greats such as Beethoven, Hayden, Schubert, Czerny, Strauss and Giuliani could be considered friends. It is inevitable then that some of their "magic" must rub off.

Even such an easy piece as this displays Diabelli's musical class and sophistication and his intimate knowledge of the guitar. This piece could be viewed as very "guitaristic", meaning that although played in higher positions at times, it really sits well on the instrument and sounds good. By way of example,  I mean the effect of the legato sound you can produce say when in the 2nd bar you play the thirds on the second and third strings at the 7th fret. It really produces a "warm", pleasing tone. It even feels good underneath the fingers.


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This little piece has got an array of mini lessons contained within it. For instance, there are the afore-mentioned thirds, but there's also the dotted rhythms, the 16th note runs, the half barre's, the slurs, triplets, grace notes, higher fret position playing, the quick key shifts and modulations to the sub-dominant key. Boy, this little piece has got it all, jam-packed full of musical treats and delights.

What about the subtle rubato played for instance in the 3rd and 4th bars. It's not marked, but you can definitely hear it and play it! This sort of writing is "within" the man himself and a result of all he learned and absorbed. You can really tell he was a guitar player himself.

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Here's a little Wikipedia quote about the Minuet structure...

"A minuet (/ˌmɪnjuːˈɛt/; also spelled menuet), is a social dance of French origin for two people, usually in 3/4 time. The word was adapted from Italian minuetto and French menuet, possibly from the French menu meaning slender, small, referring to the very small steps, or from the early 17th-century popular group dances called branle à mener or amener.

The term also describes the musical style[clarification needed] that accompanies the dance, which subsequently developed more fully, often with a longer musical form called the minuet and trio, and was much used as a movement in the early classical symphony."

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