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Luigi Legnani's 36 Caprices for Classical Guitar Opus 20 - Free Videos and Sheet Music

Updated on June 14, 2011


Luigi Legnani (1790-1877) is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Unfortunately, he is little known outside of the classical guitar community. This hub will focus on one of his greatest works, 36 Caprices, Op. 20. These caprices are true virtuoso pieces, and really show what is possible with the instrument. Legnani was a contemporary of Paganini, the great violin virtuoso. These caprices seem closely related to Paganini's caprices: they cover all major and minor keys, and are often "fast and furious". Here is a recording of Pavel Steidel playing Caprice 36

Legnani Caprice Number 7

Legnani Caprice Number 2

Free sheet music for Legnani's 36 Caprices

The sheet music for Legnani's 36 Caprices is freely available here.


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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Ari Lamstein: It always helps to hear a musical masterpiece played by a musical master. All of the video examples are beautiful, particularly the performance of number 7.

      Thank you, voted up, etc.,


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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very cool! I wonder how the Caprices sound different when played on modern guitars versus guitars of the period.