Mauro Giuliani

Biography

Born: July 27, 1781; Bisceglie, Italy   Died: May 8, 1829; Naples, Italy  
An acclaimed Italian guitar virtuoso and composer, Mauro Giuliani, along with Fernando Sor, was one of the last great classical proponents of his instrument until its revival in the early twentieth century. He studied counterpoint and the cello, but on the six-string guitar he was entirely self-taught, and that became his principal instrument early on. Italy abounded with fine guitarists at the beginning of the nineteenth century (Carulli remains Read more the most familiar today), but few of them could make a living because of the public's preoccupation with opera. So Giuliani embarked on a successful tour of Europe when he was 19, and in 1806 he settled in Vienna, where he entered the musical circle of Diabelli, Moscheles, and Hummel. He solidified his reputation with the 1808 premiere of his Guitar Concerto in A major, Op. 30, and was soon heralded as the greatest living guitar virtuoso. Even Beethoven noticed Giuliani, and wrote a few guitar pieces especially for him. Perhaps to return the favor, Giuliani played cello in the 1813 premiere of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

Around 1814, Giuliani was named virtuoso onorario di camera to Napoleon's second wife, Empress Marie-Louise. But, deeply in debt, he returned to Italy in 1819. An 1823 trip to London brought him acclaim in the English-speaking world, and resulted in a short-lived fan publication called The Giulianiad. After this visit, the guitarist settled in Naples, enjoying the patronage of the court of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. He became adept on an obscure instrument called the lyre-guitar (which was marketed mainly to female amateurs), and perfected the design of the "ghitarra di terza," an instrument with a shorter fingerboard than that of the regular "Spanish" guitar.

Giuliani published more than 200 works; his most durable pieces include three lyrical concertos in a late Classical/early Romantic style, and, for solo guitar, the Grand Overture, Op. 61, and a series of six sometimes long-winded suites, Le Rossiniane, based on tunes by Gioacchino Rossini. As a special help to other players, Giuliani notated his works on the treble clef in an innovative manner, with the rests and note-stem directions distinguishing the melody from the bass line and inner voices. Read less
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186202   Number of Discs: 1
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Mauro Giuliani


MOST POPULAR WORKS
No. 1. Ombre amene
No. 2. Fra tutte le pene
No. 3. Quando sara quel di
No. 4. Le dimore amor non ama
No. 5. Ad altro laccio
No. 6. Di due bell'anime
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andantino (Siciliano)
III. Rondo alla polacca
1. Maestoso
2. Andantino
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino alla Siciliana con variazioni
3. Polonaise (Allegretto)
I. Maestoso
II. Theme & Variations
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
III. Rondo militaire. Allegretto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante molto sostenuto
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegretto espressivo
I. Theme and Variations
II. Menuetto & Trio
III. Allegro brillante
IV. Marcia. Maestoso
WORKS
No. 1. Ombre amene
No. 2. Fra tutte le pene
No. 3. Quando sara quel di
No. 4. Le dimore amor non ama
No. 5. Ad altro laccio
No. 6. Di due bell'anime
No. 1. Par che di giubilo
No. 2. Confuso smarrito
No. 3. Alle mie tante lagrime
No. 4. Ah! Non dir che non t'adoro
No. 5. Ch'io senta amor per femmine
No. 6. Gia presso al termine
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andantino (Siciliano)
III. Rondo alla polacca
1. Maestoso
2. Andantino
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino alla Siciliana con variazioni
3. Polonaise (Allegretto)
1. Andantino
2. Allegro
3. Andantino
4. Allegretto
5. Andantino
6. Allegretto
7. Andante
8. Allegretto
9. Grazioso
10. Allegretto
11. Larghetto
12. Allegro
13. Maestoso
14. Allegro
15. Andante
16. Allegro
17. Grazioso
18. Allegretto
I. Andantino maestoso
II. Minuetto scherzoso. Con brio
III. Rondo
I. Maestoso
II. Theme & Variations
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo
No. 1. La Risoluzione
No. 2. Lo Scherzo
No. 3. L'Amoroso
No. 4. Giocoso
No. 5. L'Amronia
No. 6. Il Sentimentale
No. 7. La Melanconia
No. 8. L'Allegria
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Menuetto. Allegro vivace
III. Rondo militaire. Allegretto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante molto sostenuto
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegretto espressivo
I. Theme and Variations
II. Menuetto & Trio
III. Allegro brillante
IV. Marcia. Maestoso
I. Sostenuto
II. Menuetto - Trio
III. Grazioso
IV. Allegretto - Trio
V. Maestoso. Sostenuto
VI. Menuetto (Allegro) - Trio
VII. Allegretto. Spiritoso
VIII. Andantino. Grazioso
IX. Tempo di Marcia
X. Allegro scherzoso
XI. Maestoso. Cantabile
XII. Grazioso
XIII. Menuetto (Allegro) - Trio
XIV. Andantino. Bolero
XV. Andantino. Grazioso
XVI. Vivace
I. Maestoso
II. Minuetto. Allegretto
III. Andantino mosso (Theme and three variations)
IV. Rondo. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Guitar, Op. 25: I. Maestoso
Theme
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Andantino espressivo
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Allegretto con brio
I. Introduzione. Andantino Sostenuto
II. Allegretto (Theme and six variations)


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