Most guitarist-composers in the early nineteenth century used popular operas as a source of inspiration. Some works are themes with variations, others are selected arrangements. In his extensive exploration of the operatic repertoire, François de Fossa borrowed from the works of the leading composers of his generation — Rossini, Sacchini, Méhul, Piccinni, Berton, Boieldieu and Dalayrac.
The title page of the original edition on which this is based is as follows:
ouverture / de l’Opéra / Montano et Stéphanie / de H. Berton / arrangée pour / deux Guitares / par / f. de fossa. / Prix 2 Francs. / Bonn chez N. Simrock. / Propriété de l’éditeur. [pl.nr.] 2609.
Advertized in the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung on July 1829.
Henri-Montan Berton (1767 – 1844) is known principally as a composer of operas, most of which were first performed at the Opéra-Comique. He composed some 50 operas during a life time of eminence in the field, including his position as a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire from 1818 until his death. His opera Montano et Stéphanie, based on a libretto by Jean Élie Bédéno (1761-1799,) known as Dejaure, after Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, was first performed on April 15, 1799 and became one of Berton’s most successful operas.
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