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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Classical Guitarist Robin Hill plays Legnani

It's time for another audio clip.
This time it is 'Caprice No.7' by Luigi Legnani.

Legnani was born in Ferrara on the 7th November 1790 and died at the age of 87 in Ravenna on the 5th August 1877.
Legnani was a guitar virtuoso, composer and later in life, an instrument maker. He originally trained as an orchestral string player but devoted himself to singing and the guitar.

In 1807 and 1816 Legnani appeared in Ravenna as a tenor, performing arias by Cimarosa, Donizetti and Rossini. It was in 1819 when he launched his career as a concert guitarist in Milan.
Legnani was a friend of Paganini and together they gave concerts in the principal European Courts.

Legnani retired in 1840 to Ravenna where he became a guitar and violin maker.
250 works by Legnani have been published.

Although the Legnani Caprices have been part of the guitar repertoire for some time, concert performances and recordings have been sporadic, partly due to their difficulty and fast tempi.

Today you can hear Robin Hill performing, 'Caprice No.7', an ebullient piece, marked 'prestissimo', which as you can hear, it certainly is. This is in fact an out-take from the new CD, you should hear the final version...
This is an example of how important it is to practice your scales and arpeggios....

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