Bernardo Wolff (1835-1906) · Giuseppe Frugatta (1860-1933) · Ernesto Becucci (1854-1905) · Michele Puccini (1864-1891) · Guglielmo Andreoli (1835-1905) · Carlo Carignani (1857-1919)
Transcriptions from Puccini for Piano Four-Hands
At Puccini’s time, transcriptions1 were very important and widespread, you just need to take a look at the some of the scores published by Casa Ricordi to get an idea: in fact, on the back cover (or on the last page of the booklet) you would be able to read an astonishing list of transcriptions (more or less faithful ones), of fantasias and pot-pourris, either rewritten for piano solo (or four-hands) or for the most various ensembles, for piano and mandolin, violin, flute, guitar, or for other instruments, either in a solo or in combination with many others. It was the result of a publishing policy that was in full swing at that time and that was addressed to a large public of amateurs, a public keen to learn the repertoires meant to be played by many instruments, like opera scores. These pieces were played at home, in front of a very small and selected audience, the amateurs often wanted to perform operas that they had attended to. But that is not all, these performances were also able to popularize compositions that would have be left unknown otherwise. In the XIX century, the transcriptions for piano, especially for piano four hands, were an important vehicle for the diffusion of musical knowledge. Purposely thought for this formation, in this CD the piano duo by the spouses Fabrizio Datteri and Nadia Lencioni is performing compositions inspired by the famous works and the immortal melodies of Giacomo Puccini.