Mertz, Johann Kaspar – Free Sheet Music and TABs for Classical Guitar
About Johann Kaspar Mertz, Guitarist and Composer
Caspar Joseph Mertz (baptised Casparus Josephus Mertz) was born in Pressburg, now Bratislava (Slovakia), then the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary and part of the Austrian Empire. He was active in Vienna (c.1840–1856), which had been home to various prominent figures of the guitar, including Anton Diabelli, Mauro Giuliani, Wenceslaus Matiegka and Simon Molitor. A virtuoso, he established a solid reputation as a performer. He toured Moravia, Poland, and Russia, and gave performances in Berlin and Dresden.
In 1846 Mertz nearly died of an overdose of strychnine that had been prescribed to him as a treatment for neuralgia. Over the following year he was nursed back to health in the presence of his wife, the concert pianist Josephine Plantin whom he married in 1842. Some speculation may lead one to the conclusion that listening to his wife performing the romantic piano pieces of the day during his period of recovery may have had an influence on the sound and unusual right hand technique he adopted for the Bardenklänge (Bardic Sounds) op. 13 (1847).
Beginner-Level Sheet Music by Mertz
Early-Intermediate Sheet Music By Mertz
Intermediate Sheet Music by Mertz
- Abt, Franz – Agathe – When the Swallows
- Mertz, J.K. – Op. 13 No. 2 Presto
- Mertz, J.K. – Op. 4 No. 1 Nocturno
- Mertz, J.K. – Op.13 No.1 An Malvina
- Mertz, Johann Kaspar – Capriccio
- Mertz, Johann Kaspar – Op.13 No. 5 Andante Religioso
- Mertz, Johann Kaspar – Tarantella
- Schubert, Franz – Standchen (arrangement J.K. Mertz)
Advanced Sheet Music by Mertz
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