The widespread popularity of the guitar in the chambers of the aristocracy did not cease even after the French revolution.
The instrument, having acquired the sixth string at the turn of the century (flaunting its “fashionable” form, shaped after the neoclassical lyre), continued to delight social gatherings in the salons of Europe.
In this sense, the period of Napoleonic domination highlighted the socio-cultural elements responsible for one of the most fertile moments in the history of the guitar, as the scholar and guitarist McCormick points out in his anthology, Italian Songs: “With the beginnings of European democratization which followed the French Revolution, The Age of Napoleon witnessed an explosion of popular interest in the guitar”.
The fashion for the guitar virtually exploded, with celebrated composers and fanatical aficionados all jumping on the bandwagon, as De Marescot tells us a propos of the dispute between the two opposing factions of “Molinists” and “Carullists”, climaxing in an all-out brawl.
The episode is also documented in a delightful illustration entitled “La Guitarromanie” .
And again: there was the never completely resolved controversy between the young Sor (who sought recognition in Paris) and Carulli (the mature and established maestro), the salient points of which may be found in the Methode pour la guitarre, written by the Spanish guitarist.
The repertoires in prints and manuscripts from the first half of the 1800s are a further indication of the enormous popularity enjoyed by the guitar in this period.
Its diffusion spread to the grand capitols of Europe—Paris, Vienna and London—thanks above all to the Italian and Spanish players and the Viennese and Parisian publishers.
Sola, Carlo Michele Alessio
Or che fra nube asconde
1 - Or che fra nube asconde (3:26)
Quel cor che mi prometti
2 - Quel cor che mi prometti (2:57)
Alla vezzosa Clori
3 - Alla vezzosa Clori (2:23)
Un serto di fiori
4 - Un serto di fiori (1:28)
Amor e un tiranno
5 - Amor e un tiranno (2:18)
Puccini, Domenico Vincenzo Maria
6 - Aure amiche (1:51)
7 - Senza l'amabile (1:25)
E taglia cor di vederme
8 - E taglia cor di vederme (1:27)
9 - Polacca (2:10)
10 - Languir d'amore (2:42)
Dove rivolgo, oh Dio?
11 - Dove rivolgo, oh Dio? (1:42)
Tu mi chiedi
12 - Tu mi chiedi (2:36)
Per valli, per boschi
13 - Per valli, per boschi (1:00)
Non v'e più barbaro
14 - Non v'e più barbaro (1:47)
Nocturne No. 2, Op. 128
15 - Nocturne No. 2, Op. 128 (5:53)
6 Ariettes and 3 Romances, Op. 3
16 - Arietta No. 1. Frena le belle lagrime (2:44)
17 - Arietta No. 3. Ombre amene (3:31)
18 - Romance No. 1. Ecco quel fiero istante (4:30)
19 - Romance No. 2. Parlami pur sincero (2:23)
20 - Romance No. 3. Solitario bosco ombroso (1:32)
- Composer: AA.VV.
- Performers: Maurizia Barazzoni, soprano · Sandro Volta, guitar
- Historical Period: Classicism
- Code: TC 790002
- Edition: 2006
- Barcode: 8007194104073
- Set: 1
- Total tracks: 20
- Total duration: 00:49:45