Week 2: Vienna in 19th !
Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of the "Around the 19th Century Guitar World" challenge!
Vienna was a hub for all classical music in the 19th century. Home to Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, among others, the classical guitar was alive and well in the 19th century. In Vienna in the 19th century classical guitar composers were heavily influenced by orchestral composers and had relationships with them; Giuliani played cello in the premiere of Beethoven’s 7th symphony and Mertz arranged Schubert’s Songs for Piano and Voice on guitar.
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Giuliani - Grazioso Op 50 No 23
I'll start off this second week with a piece from Giuliani's 'Le Papillon' Opus 50. This piece has lots of opportunities for adding musical interest through dynamics, tone color, and articulation. Listening to myself play it, I'm not sure I took full advantage of those opportunities.
I really do not play much Giuliani at all. His musical style just does not appeal to me as much as that of other composers of the era. That said, I need to take the time to explore his music more so I can better appreciate it. I think I'll play a couple pieces from this opus, and then maybe go on to his Op 46 ('Choix de mes fleurs cheries') which I love but have never played.