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Legnani, Luigi
36 Caprices Op. 20 for Guitar
Preface by Angelo Gilardino

Editor: Lucio Matarazzo

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Author: Luigi Legnani (1790-1877)
Editor: Lucio Matarazzo
Publication Date: 9-16-2013
Pages: pp. 52
Size: 230x310 mm
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2153-2078-9
Code: CH 165

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Product detailsLuigi Legnani - 36 Capricci Op. 20
Chitarra: Lucio Matarazzo


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Lucio Matarazzo Collection
Studies and Educational Pieces from Past Guitar Masters

Lucio Matarazzo studied with E. Caliendo at the Conservatory “D. Cimarosa” in Avellino (Italy), where he graduated “summa cum laude”. Then he studied with O. Ghiglia, J. Tomás and, subsequently, A. Gilardino, graduating at the “L. Perosi” Academy (Biella, Italy), where he received the rare honour of Special Mention.
He played for 20 years as a member of the outstanding Fragnito- Matarazzo guitar duo that won many international competitions, edited works by Dodgson, Piazzolla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ruiz-Pipò, Farkas and made several recordings.
His solo monographic CDs with works by Carcassi, Legnani and Giuliani have been internationally acclaimed.
He is a founder member of the acclaimed GuitArt Quartet, one of the most original and inventive guitar ensembles performing anywhere today. The GQ has premiered works with orchestra dedicated to them, such as Concerto Italiano by A. Gilardino, Concierto Italico and Gismontiana by L. Brouwer and Concerto Rapsodico by G. Drozd and has recorded several CDs, and together with L. Brouwer, the DVD Diario Italico which includes the world première of Concierto Italico, conducted by the Composer.
Lucio Matarazzo currently teaches the guitar at the Conservatory of Avellino, Italy, and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Italian free WeBlogMagazine “dotGuitar” (


Soundboard n. 2 (2014)
... this rendition goes a very long way toward becoming the definitive publication of these gems. There is a foreword in English and Italian that gives biographical information on Legnani, the history of the Caprices, and an appraisal of the style of Legnani’s composition. There are editorial notes, again in English and Italian, on each caprice. Best of all, there is a table of keys. The printing is clear without a huge number of fingerings (but still more that in the original) and no page turns in the middle of pieces. If you are going to own a volume of Legnani’s Caprices, this is the one to own. Because of the vast array of technical demands and the variety of levels required to accomplish these demands, I recommend this edition for everyone. (J. Mayes)

Seicorde (gennaio-marzo 2014)
I 36 Capricci op. 20 di Legnani sono un caposaldo della didattica chitarristica, anche se spesso sono considerati solo "compiti" che gli studenti sono obbligati ad affrontare, senza capirne in modo completo la portata musicale. Riproposti nella revisione di Lucio Matarazzo, con la prefazione di Angelo Gilardino e l'introduzione di Enrico Massa, questi lavori colmano la lacuna, esaminando il corpus intero sia a livello organico del lavoro, sia sotto il profilo della struttura poetico-musicale e tecnico-virtuosistica.

Classical Guitar Magazine (04-2014)
This piece has been in print and reprinted many times over: so one might ask why another edition has yet reached the shops. Firstly this is an Urtext edition. and secondly this latest print has a 15-page Preface (English and Italian). which goes into great detail for every piece, including a detailed set of editorial notes where any differences between the sources are discussed ... So If your old publication is a litlle dog-eared, or this edition's more scholarly approach appeals, then you might well consider this as a worthwhile replacement. And if you have never actually bought the 36 Caprices before, then shame on you, as this is a fabulous set that is quite a few steps higher up the rung than a lot of other 19th-century guitar music.

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