Maria (Gavota) by Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909) for Classical Guitar. Free Sheet Music or Sheet Music+TAB, left hand fingering, PDF download. There is large amount of shifting and barre so the level is either late-intermediate or early-advanced (Grade 8-9). The dedication is “A mi querido amigo el eminente Mandolinista D. Baldomero Cateura.” Join my Email Newsletter or support the site.
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Video Performance & Lesson
This comes via my YouTube Channel where I post all my videos and lessons.
More Video Performances of Maria by Tarrega
Keep in mind that I use my own fingerings, although I try to stay close to Tarrega for the most part (maybe 95% the same). There were a few spots I came up with my own fingerings to ease the difficulty and modernize it but the style of the work is somewhat reliant on Tarrega’s fingerings, shifts with glissando, and overall rhapsodic nature. Anyway, there are some minor changes in each video below.
Thomas Viloteau’s performance is probably closest overall to both Tarrega and my edition.
Andrea González Caballero performance has more open string and alternative fingerings. I actually like this a lot and I think it’s even a bit easier to play but the flavour of the piece is slightly sacrificed (barely noticeable due to her great playing). My edition is closer to Viloteau’s but I agree with a few of these compromises/improvements.