Recorded on 07/19/2005, uploaded on 01/13/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Luigi Legnani (1790-1877) is best known for
performing duets with the great violinist Paganini, who himself was an
outstanding guitarist. In fact,
Paganini wrote his Grand Sonata for
guitar and violin with a simplified violin part so that he and Legnani could
temporarily switch instruments during a performance. Legnani's virtuosity on the guitar almost rivaled that of
Paganini on the violin, and Legnani's most famous pieces, the 36 Capricci for guitar are a response to
his friend's 24 Capricci for the
violin. Presented today are three of
the most virtuosic from the collection of 36: numbers 36, 28, and 7. Beau Benson
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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