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It is done both vigorously and subtly here.

Boccherini was born into a musical family in LuccaItaly in His biographer Elisabeth Le Guin [2] noted among Boccherini’s musical bocchegini “an astonishing repetitiveness, an affection for extended passages with fascinating textures but virtually no melodic line, an obsession with soft dynamics, a unique ear for sonority, and an unusually rich palette of introverted and mournful affects.

I also agree with him that this is an area which deserves exploration.

Boccherini Guitar Quintets

The mention of the guitar quintets is made here as an aside to impress upon Pleyel Boccherini’s relations with quijtets patrons. His response was most enthusiastic. Views Read Edit View history. Contrary to some other soi-disant experts one finds at every twist and turn around the Internet turnpike, I normally discount the information given in liner notes, even if written by myself In other words, I stand by my words that these quintets were not performed in Madrid during the composer’s life time, and the earliest documentable performance was the one made by Heinrich Albert in Germany in the mid s.

They usually hang around the Spanish guitar forum at http: He wrote a large amount of chamber music, including over one hundred string quintets for two violins, viola and two cellos a type which he pioneered, in contrast with the then common quintetts for two violins, two violas and one celloa dozen guitar quintets, not all of which have survived, nearly a hundred string quartets, and a number of string trios and sonatas including at least 19 for the cello.


The first because I have been a supporter of the GFA since almost its very beginning, and the second because I want to be sure to have the last issue, so my collection of GR will be complete I am indebted to Andreas Stevens for this information. They are all different in some very important aspects.

Huitar this caught my eye and I subscribed to the list. The entire affair was described in my book on the subject which I published in At the same time, the basic premise of the book remains unchallenged. Record reviewers, with few exceptions, are not known to be conversant with the scholarly literature directly. String Quintet Op11 No3, first movement.

An energetic fandango—replete with castanets—caps the D-major quintet and scene-painting variations on a military march close the C major.

Boccherini – Guitar Quintets

The first guitar quintet here, made up of movements from two string quintets, includes a charming pastoral, sensitively textured by this group, a quick movement with some witty use of harmonics, and, after a typically melancholy little introduction, a lively fandango, harmonically rather repetitive but with various entertaining effects, such as cello glissandi and contributions from gyitar added castanets.

So whatever Lislevand was doing was really an arrangement of an arrangement of an arrangement.

Strangely enough, the CD liner notes do not say what source was used in the recording of G. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.

In other words, these quintets, as recorded, could not have been performed in Madrid in The composer, no doubt irritated with this intrusion into his art, doubled the passage instead, which led to his immediate dismissal. So I posted this enquiry on my blog: In quintetx estimation, the incorrect spelling boccehrini the liner notes cannot be laid at the feet of the nominal author, but rather at the feet of the producer or typesetter.


Boccherini fell on hard times following the deaths of his Spanish patronhis two wives andand his four daughtersand String Quintet Op62 No4, third movement.

His “celebrated minuet” String Quintet in EOp. Such reviews, traditionally, take their information directly from the liner notes.

For example, in my article on the History of Spanish guitar methods. Note 2 Naturally, the liner giutar were written by Mr. The reason for this suspicion is exactly the spelling of the name of the Marquis. There are currently 3 available editions of G.

BIS Records – Boccherini – Guitar Quintets

As for the recording itself, it is one of the strangest recordings of this music I have heard. Boccherini says that “almost” the entire set were performed, but not all.

I am anxious that you should publish the piano work exactly as I have written it I may have missed something as important as that, and if so, I would like to know what. According to the OCLC data base, it has been acquired by 81 research libraries in the US and England, including some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning.