While being one of the most popular instruments in Western culture, the guitar has received relatively little scholarly attention. Music historians particularly overlook the guitar and its impact upon the development of music. Writings about the Hausmusik tradition that existed around the turn of the nineteenth century, however, suggest that the guitar was an important part of amateur music making. Analysis of publisher’s catalogs from the period also indicate the existence of a thriving guitar culture at the time. By performing a comparative analysis on works based on a theme by Giovanni Paisello from Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani, a wide range of complexity for a range of expertise is discovered. This range of complexity, coupled with the publication of music and its role in Hausmusik establishes the guitar as an important part of music at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Polley, J.(2016). The Guitar and Hausmusik in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries. (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/3573