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Giuliani: Opus 50 No.9 "Andantino" in Guitar Tab and Notation

Updated on June 27, 2021
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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.

Giuliani Opus 50 No.9 Andantino
Giuliani Opus 50 No.9 Andantino

From the 19th century virtuoso Italian guitarist and composer, Mauro Giuliani, this composition, nicknamed "Andantino", is the 9th in his Opus 50 publication of classical guitar pieces, known collectively as "Le Papillon" (The Butterfly).

You can read the guitar tab and standard notation score below, and you can also hear a software-generated version of the score in the video capsule while each line of the score is displayed. Make sure to view it in high quality playback for a clear display. Click the cog icon in the bottom right of the video capsule and select the highest playback quality available.

Giuliani: Opus 50 No.9 "Andantino"

Giuliani: Opus 50 No.9 "Andantino"
Giuliani: Opus 50 No.9 "Andantino"

Study Notes for Learners

This piece, nicknamed "Andantino", is the ninth in Giuliani's Papillon series and is more difficult than the previous eight pieces.


Tempo: Although its title (Andantino) suggests a tempo of around 75 or 80 BPM (beats per minute), all those 16th notes make it quite fast sounding, and the triplet 16th notes even more so. Play it as slowly as you need to in order to get the timing consistent from start to finish, and then gradually bring your speed up.

Chords: (arpeggios) - Most of the chords are easy, but there's a difficult chord shape that occurs in the second half of bars 18 and 22, where you need to use finger 4 on the 4th fret of string 6 (G#), your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of string 2 (D) and your 1st finger on the 1st fret of string 1 (F). If you have difficulty with this chord, you can isolate it and practise it separately, and then practise changing to it from the preceding chord. You'll probably find it easier at first to fret the D and F notes together, then stretch up with your 4th finger to get the G#.


The key is D major so the key signature of two sharps (F# and C#) is there to remind notation readers to sharp all F and C notes no matter which staff line or space they appear on. The chords are typical of the key and include D major, A major, A7, E major, E minor 7th and B minor plus the difficult one mentioned which appears to be an incomplete G# diminished 7th chord with the sole purpose of leading by semitone up to the bass note of the D major chord in the following bar.


The meter is 'simple duple' meaning two beats per bar, and the 24 (two-four) time signature tells us that each of the two beats is worth a quarter note in duration. Count each bar as 1 & 2 &.

From bars 19 to 23 you have triplets to deal with (the notes with the small 3 above them). Triplets are three notes played in the time of two. Count the bars containing triplets as:
|1 trip-let 2 trip-let|

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 Andantino 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.

Musical Features at a glance

Opus 50 (Papillon) No.9 - Andantino
Mauro Giuliani (1781 - 1829)
Andantino 75-80 BPM
Approx 45 seconds
Simple Duple: Two quarter note beats per bar (2/4)
D major
Highest Fretboard Position
Pos II (fret 5)


Andantino Opus 50 No.9 is composed by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) and is in the Public Domain.

The score, images and audio track are produced by chasmac.

© 2015 chasmac


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