Week 3: Italy in 19th !
Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of the "Around the 19th Century Guitar World" challenge!
Italy was the birthplace of many great classical guitar virtuosos, although many of them found success outside of the Italian peninsula. Paganini was arguably one of the greatest violinists of all time, but was also a very talented guitarist and performed regularly with Legnani. Regondi, technically from Switzerland, followed in the Italian style of composition and was also a gifted multi-instrumentalist.
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Legnani - Capriccio 27
I'll open up the Week 3 thread with this one. It's one of his famous caprices and I find it so much fun to play. This is a first take and very unpolished, but I want to keep working on it. A score is attached, if you're interested. Here are some points of difficulty/interest:
- Measure 7: Some tricky motion with the half-barre here.
- Measure 14: A challenging measure. I make it a bit easier by elongating the accented high-D.
- Measures 29-30: It sounds harder than it is to play.
- Measures 33-36: I find these chords hard to play smoothly with the left hand. It alternates between a four-string barre and a full barre.
- Measures 48-51: I LOVE this part! The way it creeps back into the opening theme is so fun!
Let me know your thoughts, especially if you have any suggestions, since I want to keep working on this.
Legnani - Capriccio 22
Next, I'll try this beautiful piece. Many of Legnani's capricci are out of my reach, as they are just too fast. But this one is marked Adagio, so I figured I had a shot. It is still very challenging for the left hand, especially due to the key (C minor, with a section in Eb major). This is a first take after about an hour of practice, so I have lots of problems to work out still.