Label: Musicisti Associati Produzioni M.A.P. - MAP CD G 0031 • Format: CD Album • Country: Italy • Genre: Classical • Style: Baroque, Romantic, Modern
Many of us consider the music of Pasquale Taraffo the pinnacle of harp guitar playing of the 20 th — or any other — century. Of course, choosing to commission from local luthier, Settimio Gazzo one of the most elaborate harp guitars ever designed, then setting it on a stand to present a bold, theatrical performance, certainly added to his success and worldwide fame.
In other words, it is obviously not the common classical tremolo where each a-m-i single note melody figure is interrupted by a thumb note on a different string. Beppe Gambetta and I used to Adelita - Christian Saggese - My Favourite Things that only a back and forth motion of the 3 rd finger akin to a South American harp techniquewhilst simultaneously playing bass and chord with the thumb and remaining fingers, was the only way to explain what we were hearing.
There is even a rumor of someone witnessing Taraffo use such a technique. Adelita - Christian Saggese - My Favourite Things later changed my mind after listening closer to half-speed audio of certain recordings, and also watching the video at slow speeds. With this in mind, it then became easier to hear the timbre changes in the slowed-down audio recordings that pointed to this same a-m-i pattern during his tremolo.
In point of fact, this was learned from his master, Luigi Mozzani, and I recently learned that I Cant Stop Loving You - Ray Charles - 50 Years In Music (DVD) difficult technique is explained in the book: Luigi Mozzani: Esercizi di tecnica superiore. It seems to be a forgotten technique that few, if any, attempt today.
But there was no one who could do it! Adelita - Christian Saggese - My Favourite Things is of course Beppe Gambetta, who with his custom-made Gazzo re-creation, has performed and recorded some of this music. Of course, there may be other guitarists, Italian or otherwise, who are performing the Mozzani tremolo please let me know, if so.
But, meanwhile…. Enter Christian Saggese. Though it has taken me my usual long-winded introduction to get to the point, Christian is the subject of this article — as so dramatically referenced in my title. But it is no hyperbole. And Franco and I are beside ourselves with pride. I must admit that I had not previously heard of him, other than through Franco, who instigated this groundbreaking project.
Christian first started playing harp guitar in — a simple 9-string 3 sub-bass Mozzani. Frankly, I am stunned at how quickly Christian managed to learn the technique, apply it, transcribe the Taraffo piece Cavalleriaand perform it on a Adelita - Christian Saggese - My Favourite Things harp guitar at a public Diams - Brut De Femme on June 3, these are photos from that concert.
Video of that performance will be available soon, presented by Franco and myself. They hope to produce professional recordings in the future. As interesting as that might be, such an undertaking would be a bit soulless and pointless.
Instead, Christian makes these Taraffo classics his own; indeed, in many ways dare I say it?! This is his back-up harp guitar, made by Hinz Vienna. It simply took a passionate patron of the arts Francoan instrument Franco and Antonelloand a singular virtuoso who decided to take on the first serious examination of this remarkable historical harp guitar music — Christian Saggese.
Please enjoy these generous donations to Harpguitars. Track 3: Stefania Taraffo. Born in Asti, Italy inChristian started playing classical guitar when he was He attended the Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, where in he received a diploma in guitar with the highest mark The North Coast - Pontiak - Echo Ono 10 out of 10, under his teacher Angelo Gilardino.
His career began in with concerts in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland and Sweden, both as soloist and in chamber Raphael - Ayer, Hoy Y Siempre groups.
He also plays in a duo with Sharon Selman dramatic coloratura soprano. He currently plays classical and electric guitar, string harp-guitar, mandolin, all in different musical styles. I immediately had the highest musical contact with him when we met in Sweden last year. What can I say?
And the playing of the guy is quite impressive! Thanks for sharing this! Thanks for your continuing great work! A big thanks to my friends Gregg Miner and Franco Ghisalberti!! Name required. Mail will not be published required. All Rights Reserved. But, meanwhile… Enter Christian Saggese.
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