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Tremolo from the Regondi Nocturne (Op.19)

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By Giulio Regondi

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Composed by Giulio Regondi (1822-1872). Arranged by Rod Whittle. Romantic Period. Individual Part. 4 pages. Published by Maggie Creek Music (S0.528139).

Item Number: S0.528139

for solo classical guitar (tremolo)   4 pp  (7 min.)

GIULIOREGONDI  (1823 - 72)

Regondiwas born in Switzerland, but lived in France and, mostly, the UnitedKingdom. He was a child prodigy of the guitar, with Fenando Sordedicating a piece to him when he was just nine. He composed for theguitar and also the concertina. His works for solo guitar compriseetudes, a set of variations and some larger compositions.

Thetremolo section of the Nocturne (op.19) - subtitled 'Reverie' –must be some of the most wonderful music written for tremolo guitar.In the Nocturne it is split between sections of different style andcontent, but its effectiveness as a piece is fully satisfied withoutthese interspersed parts, nice as they are, and its persuasive themequite naturally repeats to end with a superb coda (which alsofinishes the actual Nocturne).

Theoriginal score has no dynamics except for the end, and I have notadded any. However, the piece is impossible to play without inferringsome loudness, tempo and accentuation changes. There is that Romanticperiod element to it. I have added fingering. I like to settle into abarre position where possible – it often lets the bassaccompaniment ring through (e.g. the D in the first few bars) andsimplifies the playing. But it hardly needs saying that fingering,helpful if it is good, is a kind of curse if it is bad or just wrong,and it is never mandatory.

Itis always instructive with tremolo pieces to first play some of thetop line (e.g. of the first few bars) without tremolo to properlyreveal its melody. The style needs plenty of practice to achievefidelity to this musical meaning; that is always the aim. Then listencarefully as the lower part is added. The bass is very important, asmentioned, but the harmonies of the broken chords are vital too. TheNocturne is brilliant counterpoint.

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