Boris Asafiev: Concerto for Guitar 
and Chamber Orchestra

Edited by Angelo Gilardino

Full score and orchestral parts.

24+4+2+4+4+4+4+4 pp. $39.95. Presser Order number 494-02493 (EICM-18)

cover.gifBoris Asafiev (1884-1949) was perhaps the most important musicologist, critic and writer in the Soviet Union during the early decades of the century. His writings in books and articles such as “Musical form as a process”, “Glinka,” “Studies for the Symphony,” “The Book About Stravinsky” were the main foundation for an entire epoch in Soviet musicology. He was also a prolific and inventive composer. He was known mostly for such ballets as “The Flame of Paris” (1932), based upon the French Revolution, “Bakhchisaraisky Fountain” (1934), based upon A.S. Pushkin’s poem. Asafiev was introduced to the guitar by Andrés Segovia, during the latter’s 1926 tour of the Soviet Union. After hearing the Spanish guitarist, Asafiev published a review of the concert which became the corner-stone of the re-emergence of the six-string guitar in Russia. Moreover, this review, by a musical critic who already enjoyed then a world-wide reputation, was in no small part a principal factor in the career of Segovia, not only in the Soviet Union to where he was to be invited again and again, but also in many other countries. Probably with Segovia’s encouragement, Asafiev set to write music for the guitar. Unfortunately, he only got around to it some 13 years after his first meeting with Segovia, and three years after Segovia’s last visit to the Soviet Union in 1936. The result of his work in this direction were the Six Romances and 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar, and the present guitar concerto in G Major, all written in 1939. 

This edition of the Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by Boris Asafiev, edited by Angelo Gilardino, is based on the earliest known autograph sketches by the composer, as well as on several manuscript copies widely circulating in the Soviet Union, and on the Moscow Muzfond edition, published on the occasion of the 1957 Festival of Workers and Youth where the concerto was performed. 

Note: This set of performance materials includes a full score and all the instrumental parts. The solo guitar part, with a CD containing an electronic rendition of the orchestra in progressive tempi, for practice and rehearsal purposes, is available separately.

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