Antiche Variazioni

Luigi Mozzani was a famous and respected guitarist who died in 1943. He also made guitars and travelled widely, living in England for 6 months. His most famous work is “Feste Lariane” the favourite of many an aspiring concert guitarist.
He lived in Bologna, which is where he had a large library of music in which Angel Gilardino found a neatly written manuscript of a solo guitar piece which was signed “Respighi” at both top and bottom. The one and the same person who wrote three orchestral suites called  Antiche arid e danze per liuto in 1917, 1923 and 1931.

He was evidently keen on the guitar and would have asked Mozzani, who lived in Bologna at the same period (1900-1909). It us very likely that Respighi wrote the guitar piece, not at the request of Mozzani, but as a study to learn about the instrument. He was a master at writing for different instruments and would have asked Mozzani for advice. However, it seems this was not forthcoming, and Respighi may have dropped the matter. Segovia subsequently came to know Respighi, but there is no mention of the piece or any attempt to write something for the maestro which we know of. I think the main problem with the Variazioni is that they are in quite unusual flat keys for the guitar, going from C major, through F, then Bb, G minor, C minor,Ab,  Db (eek!)Bb minor. Then he runs out of flat keys and the editor kindly puts us back into C major! Continue reading

The Midst of Life’ A Hearty Celebration of the Life and Music of STEPHEN DODGSON (1924-2013)

The Midst of Life: Celebrating the Life and Music of Stephen Dodgson

MAE Foundation

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom


The Tippett String QuartetMAE Foundation
John Williams (guitar)
Maggie Cole (harpsichord)
Richard Harvey (recorder)
Anna Noakes (flute)
Gillian Tingay (harp)
Zone 6 Brass Quintet
Roger Chase (viola)
Benedict Cruft (violin)
Brian Gulland (bassoon)
Tom Ellis (guitar)
and more… subject to availability

The Tippett String Quartet, who have recorded all nine of Stephen Dodgson’s quartets, and John Williams, who has played his music for 57 years, lead this wide-ranging celebration of his life and work.

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