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
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  • 1.
    Van Gogh Fire / Topchii
    Label: Contrastes   Catalog: CR201601 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Antonio Ruiz-Pipó,  Mauro Giuliani,  Roberto Gerhard  ... 
    Performer:  Marko Topchii
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    19th Century Guitar Music / Attademo
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 5067369 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Anelli,  Mauro Giuliani,  Luigi Legnani,  Fernando Sor  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Attademo
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    Accento Austria / Most, Brcic
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99100 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cesar Bresgen,  Mauro Giuliani,  Alfred Uhl,  Jan Truhlár  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Most,  Maroje Brcic
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    The Art of Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518338 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Itzhak Perlman,  John Williams,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  String Orchestra  ... 
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    Favorites
    Label: Orlando Records (Classical)   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Mauro Giuliani,  Manuel de Falla,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Rowland,  Alberto Mesirca
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    Narciso Yepes: The Complete Concerto Recordings
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002450102 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Mauro Giuliani,  Salvador Bacarisse  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Monique Frasca-Colombier,  Godelieve Monden
    Conductor:  Odon Alonso,  Paul Kuentz,  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra,  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Gyre Music   Catalog: 5638589805 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dionysio Aguado,  Mauro Giuliani,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Kaspar Mertz  ... 
    Performer:  Dionysio Aguado,  Anton Diabelli,  Mauro Giuliani,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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  • 10.
    Essential Giuliani, Vol. 2
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7693 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Richard Savino,  Stephanie Chase,  Jennifer [Soprano vocals] Ellis
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    Historias
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 77018 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Manuel de Falla,  Jacques Ibert,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Karney,  Jacob Cordover
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zoco Duo
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    Mauro Giuliani, Mario Castelnuovo-tedesco, Heitor Villa-lobos: Guitar Concertos
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186202 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Mauro Giuliani,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Cavatina At The Opera / Cavatina Duo
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9448 Release Date: 03/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Borne,  Mauro Giuliani,  Fernando Sor,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cavatina Duo
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    Incandescent
    Label: Alison Smith Music   Catalog: 80423 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  David Cottam,  Mauro Giuliani,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Smith
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    Label: Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 10/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis de Milan,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Mauro Giuliani,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  ... 
    Performer:  Agustín Maruri
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  • 16.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Crescentini, Giuliani: Songs For Soprano And Guitar / Veronica Amarres, Sandro Volta
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1114812 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Crescentini,  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Veronica Amarres,  Sandro Volta
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Itzhak Perlman - Concertos, Sonatas & more...
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5438882 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Pepe Romero - Master of the Guitar [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002012902 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ferdinando Carulli  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Angel Romero,  Christine Pendrill,  Agustin Leon Ara  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Los Romeros
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  • 21.
    The Birth Of Classical Guitar - Sor, Giuliani / Wulfin Lieske
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 872 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Wulfin Lieske
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  • 22.
    Scarlatti, Giuliani, Ponce: Guitar Sonatas / Andrea Vettoretti
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802210 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Mauro Giuliani,  Manuel Ponce,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Andrea Vettoretti
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  • 23.
    Giuliani: Complete Original Works for Flute & Guitar / Helasvuo, Savijoki
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9045 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Mikael Helasvuo,  Pekka Savijoki,  Jukka Savijoki
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  • 24.
    Essential Guitar - Giuliani, Scarlatti, Sor, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300542 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Fernando Sor,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Victor Villadangos,  Guiseppe Feola,  Cristiano Porqueddu,  Frédéric Zigante  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunitŕ,  Ensemble Ottocento
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  • 25.
    Mauro Giuliani, Volume 2 / David Starobin
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9418 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  David Starobin,  Amalia Hall,  Inon Barnatan
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