This volume retraces a high period in the history of the guitar - exclusively through period pictures. A period which starts in the late 18th century with a revolutionary idea: the mere switch from double to single strings, which, incidental as it may appear, renewed the guitar and propelled it into modernity. It ends in the early 20th century, when the appearance of electromagnetic transducers opened completely new possibilities in the making of musical instruments. The renewed guitar had just reached maturity, and a cycle of 150 years come to completion. More than 550 full-colour illustrations in this book depict this saga - paintings, drawings, engravings, early photographs and others, all reproduced in a quality far superior to current standards on the "world wide web". While some are quite well-known and unmissable, others have never been published in a book before - and are likely to surprise even the specialist reader. All of these pictures have been painstakingly referenced, and many are discussed in detail. The guitars and persons represented, technical innovation, playing technique, social, cultural and historic context are among the various topics which are addressed. While many images have been contributed by private collections from all over the world (including those of the authors), this book also features works of art and documents providing from about a hundred of the most prestigious public collections. This abundant iconographic material is divided in 8 chapters, each treating a specific topic, including the portrait genre, the feminine and the masculine guitar, satire and caricature, playing technique or the guitar-related business. A book by Erik Pierre Hofmann and Stefan Hackl. 392 pages; hardcover and sleeve. 28 x 31,2 x 4,5 cm (sleeve included). First edition in English and French (2021). ISBN: 978-2953886832 150 Euro Placing an order below will invite you to choose between PayPal or bank to bank transfer as possible payment options. In case you have any question concerning the order and shipping of one or several book(s), please get in touch with me.
World Capital of Music, Vienna, during the first decades of the 19th century, was also the city of the guitar par excellence. First in a long line of Viennese guitar makers, Georg Stauffer made a unique synthesis of Neapolitan and French influences; he created one of the best models of his time - the renowned "Legnani model" - and instigated lasting innovations such as the terz guitar and early contra guitars. In his wake, a genuine Viennese school of guitar making emerged: his son Anton, their colleague Bernard Enzensperger, but also Franz Feilnreiter, Nikolaus Georg Ries, Johann Gottfried Scherzer, Ludwig Reisinger and many others were its protagonists. Played in concert by the finest virtuosos who have sojourned in Vienna - Mauro Giuliani, Luigi Legnani, J. K. Mertz -, present in the most distinguished salons in town, the guitar was widely propagated by important music publishers like Anton Diabelli and Domenico Artaria. Thanks to the extraordinary success of the Schrammelquartett, it knew a popularity that even outreached the Biedermeier period and ignored all social barriers. The guitar with individual strings as we know it today was indeed created in Italy at the end of the 18th century, but not only did major improvements take place in the capital of Austria: here were laid the foundations for the guitar's specific repertoire and for its future pre-eminence, in Europe and beyond. Based on documents mostly never been published before, Stauffer & Co. retraces the history of this school, which has been neglected for a long time. A selection of sixty period instruments is displayed in individual portraits and illustrates the rich diversity of the Viennese production. The book also revives the musical and cultural context of the "guitaromanie", that not only made the instrument an emblem of the romantic era in Vienna, but paved the way for the modern guitar. A book by Erik Pierre Hofmann, Pascal Mougin and Stefan Hackl. 320 pages. 44,2 x 32,4 x 5,4 cm. 1st edition in French, German and English (2012). ISBN: 978-2953886801 195 Euro Placing an order below will invite you to choose between PayPal or bank to bank transfer as possible payment options. In case you have any question concerning the order and shipping of one or several book(s), please get in touch with me.
Much has been written already on the topic of Schubert and the guitar - and from the composer's lifetime up to today, countless editions of his songs featuring guitar accompaniments have been published. So why add yet another one? Because the present versions for guitar originate from the composer's immediate circle. In the years 1840-1842, Schubert's friend and provider of lyrics Franz von Schlechta (1796-1875) put down in writing the present collection of songs: some feature previously unknown guitar accompaniments, some are based on versions which had already been printed in Schubert's lifetime, but have not been republished since, while others are hard-to-find arrangements by the composer's contemporaries. These 39 songs are reproduced here in facsimile form, enhanced with transcripts of the lyrics as well as reference texts and documents, introduced and commented by Stefan Hackl. 192 pages. 38 x 30,6 x 3,4 cm. 1st edition in German and English (2014). ISBN: 978-2953886818 80 Euro Placing an order below will invite you to choose between PayPal or bank to bank transfer as possible payment options. In case you have any question concerning the order and shipping of one or several book(s), please get in touch with me.
On behalf of a long-time customer and friend, I offer for sale this unique manuscript by Andrés Segovia. Being not myself the seller, I here act as an intermediary only, but do vouch for the authenticity of this special find as well as for the seller's trustworthiness. SEGOVIA (Andrés), SCHUMANN (Robert). Estudio, transcrita en Cordoba el 26-X-913. Cordoba 1913. Manuscript transcription of an Etude by Robert Schumann (83 measures in E, with fingerings for both hands), written in ink on a strong music paper, watermarked "A. S. S."; 6 pages, 31 x 21,5 cm. On a separate double-sided sheet: "Reverie Schumann" (with fingerings), unsigned, but obviously from the same hand and period. The German guitar player and researcher Andreas Stevens was so kind as to provide additional background informations on this manuscript : the original title of the "Etude" is "Kleine Studie" (no.14 from Album für die Jugend , op.68), it was published by Romero & Fernandez under the title "Pequeno Estudio". "Reverie" (originally "Träumerei" from Kinderszenen op.15) on the other hand appears to have never been published, but it is featured on Segovia's final recording.
The world-wide web is every musician's treasure box. In particular, it gives free and easy access to a huge part of the historical repertoire. In this context, genuine rarities are few and have become increasingly valuable. Yet the pressure on music publishers from the giant wave of digital reproduction has made them re-evaluate the risks of issuing material for a very small clientele. This is where Guitar Music Offline comes in: giving access to some of the remaining rarities of the guitar repertoire to those who do not wish to limit themselves to the mainstream of internet diffusion and who appreciate the feel of real paper just as much as the quality of a devoted publisher's work. Every copy is hand assembled and signed by the publisher. Edited by Stefan Hackl. Sheet music: 8 pages 1st edition (2015) ISBN: 978-2953886825