Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The history of Boccherini’s quintets with guitar

To trace the history of Boccherini’s quintets with guitar is like a thriller on the one hand and like the intrigue comedy characteristic of the 18th century on the other hand. Even if we start with what we already know for certain: the thread of mystery will get through the facts. Luigi Boccherini comes from the town of Lucca where he was born on February 19, 1743 and developed his gift for the cello, taking the path most frequently followed by talented children at that time: the family circle – his father was a double-bass player; the religious education – the seminary in Lucca where the abbot Vanucci perfected his general and musical knowledge. His education was completed in Rome under violoncellist Costanzi who undoubtedly trained the fourteen years old boy in the traditions of the technique introduced and taught by the great violinist and pedagogue Tartini. Then he was faced with the alternative where to settle. Should he settle in Vienna where three successive contracts had brought the family in 1757, 1760 and 1763? Young Luigi became known as an instrumentalist-virtuoso and since the beginning of 1760, as a chamber music composer, writing two series of trios and quartets, with the latter consolidating the basic principles of the “modern” quartet in the already “classical’ dialectics of some...

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