Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Giulio Regondi in Ireland

While researching for a Ph.D on the guitar in Ireland I uncovered a wealth of literature pertaining to the renowned nineteenth-century guitarist and  concertinist,  Giulio Regondi. In fact, so extensive was his advertising in Ireland that it was possible to formulate a clear chronology of his performances here that included the repertoire he played, public reaction to him and indeed many other facts that have been hitherto undocumented in the literature: for example, that Giulio’s father was a guitarist and a buffo of considerable power (sharing equal billing with Giulio during 1834-1835), that Giulio performed on Wheatstone’s patent concertina as early as 1834 (the earliest reference to the concertina in the British Isles), that his alleged father (whose initial is revealed as A.) advertised himself in Belfast as Giulio’s teacher and that Giulio himself taught students in Dublin who achieved fame. In all, Giulio visited Ireland eight times, once as Master Regondi (1834-1835), accompanied by his alleged father Signor A. Regondi, and seven times as Signor Giulio Regondi (1842, 1845, 1850, 1852, 1854, 1859...

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