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With the beginnings of European democratization following the French Revolution, “The Age of Napoleon” witnessed an explosion of popular interest in the guitar. Coincidentally, this was also the age of bel canto and the dawn of romanticism. The well-developed singing voice was held in high esteem. It was only natural that the era produced a wealth of guitar-accompanied song. Although much of the solo guitar music from this era is now familiar, and most trained classical singers are at one time or another are exposed to other song and operatic literature from this time, very few of these songs with guitar are known today. Their composers, often famous and successful in their own time, are mostly forgotten, their names and music relegated to the archives of libraries around the world.
All of the songs collection of Italian songs from the late eighteenth century were originally written with guitar accompaniment. This anthology is specifically designed as a performing edition. The composers included come from a variety of disciplines. Though some were primarily guitarists, others were opera composers and writers of liturgical music. One was a famous opera singer of the time. It should also be noted that most of the guitar accompaniments are not especially difficult to play, one indication of the wide-spread popularity of the guitar before the piano took over as the preferred vehicle for vocal accompaniment.
Ferdinando Carulli,3 Ariette & 3 Romances, op. 3: I - Frena le belle lagrime, II - Amo te sola, III - Ombre amene, I - Ecco quel fiero istante, II - Parlami pur sincero, III - Solitario bosco ombroso. 3 Ariette, op.4: I - Che fa il mio bene, II - Deh, con me non vi sdegnate, III - Tornate sereni; Girolamo Crescentini, 12 Canzoncine: I - Languir d’amore, II - Ecco quell fiero istante, III - Non v’è più barbaro, IV - Dove rivolgo, oh dio, V - Numi, sei giusti siete, VI - Per valli, per boschi, VII - Se spiegar potessi appieno, VIII - O teneri pensieri, IX - Tu mi chiedi, X - Dal di ch’io vi amirai, XI - Ch’io mai vi possa, XII - Clori, la pastorella. Giuseppe Fabricatoriello, 4 Canzonette (In lingua Napolitana): I - E la bella m’a cercato, II - Me vogli anzurare, III - Chi t’a fatta sta bella funnella, IV - Piccerè si m’ave nattano. Gaetano Marani, Polacco, Cavatina, Eccomi non ferir, Cavatina – E tiglia cor de verdeme, Cavatina – Lascia diletta Fillide. Domenico Mombelli, Rondo. Domenico Puccini, 6 Ariette: I - Aure amiche, II - Orgoglioso Fiumicello, III - Senza l’amabile, IV - Ah, non è vano il pianto, V - Non so dir se sono amante, VI - Sopra il suo stelo. Vittorio Trento, 11 Ariette: I - Ogni donna, II - Canto basetti, III - La tezzanote, IV - Quel augelino, V - Che in zegnoso putteletto, VI - So miglia l’amore, VII - Amore e un guerriero, VIII - Son ferito, IX - Io ti saluto, X - Tocco un di dal canto, XI - Son pratico in’amore.
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