‘Guitaromanie’: the guitar in 19th-century Paris
Speaker Luigi Attademo
The guitar underwent great transformations at the end of the 18th century, first of all those related to organology. The introduction of the sixth string and the move from double to single strings created a model known as the ‘French guitar’ (in contrast with the Spanish instrument), which won over the most important Spanish guitarist composers of the time – above all Aguado and Sor, both active in Paris – and attracted the interest of Boccherini, who wrote two series of quintets for the instrument. At the same time the great instrumental tradition gave rise to a guitar school in Italy, which then migrated at the beginning of the 19th century, mainly to France.
The French capital became the theatre of significant developments in the guitar that spread in the salons and concert halls to the point of creating a genuine fashion phenomenon: ‘Guitaromanie’, immortalised in the famous etchings of Charles de Marescot.
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