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Antonio Nava

(1775-1826)

renowned guitarist from Milan of early 19th century

Antonio Nava was born in Milan in 1775. He was one of the best known guitarist-composers working in Italy in the first decades of the Nineteenth Century. A concert performer on guitar and a teacher of voice, he was the teacher of his child Gaetano (1802-1875). His activity took him for a brief time to Paris, London and presumably Germany around 1812. His major interest, however, was composition: in 1808 he published four sonatas for solo guitar with Ricordi, bearing the title “The Seasons of the Year.” This was the first number published by the important Milanese publisher.

He wrote a series of works for solo guitar, collections for voice and guitar, and chamber music with flute, published by Ricordi from 1808 to 1826. He authored also a “Method” for guitar, with a study of the neck of the French guitar and a page illustrating the fretboard of the instrument; this method was published by Ricordi and had many reprints before the end of the Nineteenth Century.

Other Italian publishers of Nava were Monzino of Milan and the Reycend Brothers of Turin, while with the foreign publisher Breitkopf & Härtel he published some works in about 1817. He died in Milan on October 19th, 1826.

Nava is the dedicatee of the Gran Bretagna duet Op.9, for violin and guitar, by Luigi Moretti.

(Transl. M. Penny)

Printed works of A. Nava

  1. LE STAGIONI DELL'ANNO Sonata N.1 Op. 4 (guitar)
  2. LE STAGIONI DELL'ANNO Sonata N.2 Op. 5 (guitar)
  3. LE STAGIONI DELL'ANNO Sonata N.3 Op. 6 (guitar)
  4. LE STAGIONI DELL'ANNO Sonata N.4 Op. 7 (guitar)
  5. QUATTRO ARIETTE Op. 8 (voice & guitar)
  6. VARIAZIONI Op. 9 (guitar)
  7. SONATA Op. 10 (guitar)
  8. SEI ARIETTE ITALIANE Op. 12 (voice & guitar)
  9. VARIAZIONI Op. 13 (guitar)
  10. FANTASIA Op. 14 (guitar)
  11. ARPEGGIO Op. 15 (guitar)
  12. SERENATA Op. 16 (flute & guitar)
  13. VARIAZIONI Op. 17 (guitar)
  14. SONATA SENTIMENTALE Op. 19 (guitar)
  15. SONATINA Op. 21 (guitar)
  16. SEI ARIETTE Op. 22 (voice & guitar)
  17. TRE PICCOLI DUETTI Op. 23 (violin & guitar)
  18. VARIAZIONI Op. 25 (guitar)
  19. TRE DUETTI Op. 26 (flute & guitar)
  20. VARIAZIONI Op. 27 (guitar)
  21. DIVERTIMENTO Op. 28 (guitar)
  22. DIVERTIMENTO Op. 30 (guitar)
  23. VARIAZIONI Op. 32 (guitar)
  24. TRE DIVERTIMENTI Op. 33 (flute & guitar)
  25. VARIAZIONI Op. 34 (guitar)
  26. VENTOTTO VALZER Op. 38 (guitar)
  27. SEI ARIETTE Op. 39 (voice & guitar)
  28. VARIAZIONI Op. 40 (flute & guitar)
  29. VARIAZIONI Op. 41 (guitar)
  30. VARIAZIONI Op. 43 (guitar)
  31. SCELTA DI VARI PEZZI Op. 44 (guitar)
  32. SCENA ARMONICA CON VARIAZIONI Op. 45 (guitar)
  33. VARIAZIONI Op. 45 (guitar)
  34. DODICI VALZER E VARIAZIONI Op. 51 (guitar)
  35. TRE DIVERTIMENTI Op. 52 (due chitarre)
  36. SONATINA Op. 53 (guitar)
  37. VARIAZIONI E POLACCA Op. 54 (violin & guitar)
  1. SEI ARIETTE Op. 56 (voice & guitar)
  2. DODICI VALZER E SEI MONFERRINE Op. 58 (flute & guitar)
  3. SEI ARIETTE Op. 59 (voice & guitar)
  4. SEI ARIETTE Op. 60 (two voices & guitar)
  5. QUATTRO DIVERTIMENTI Op. 61 (flute & guitar)
  6. VARIAZIONI Op. 62 (guitar)
  7. VARIAZIONI Op. 62 (guitar)
  8. SERENATA Op. 63 (flute & guitar)
  9. DIECI SONATINE CARATTERISTICHE Op. 64 (guitar)
  10. DIVERTIMENTO VARIATO Op. 65 (guitar)
  11. TOCCATA Op. 66 (guitar)
  12. RACCOLTA Op. 67 (flute, violin & guitar)
  13. DIVERTIMENTO Op. 69 (flute & guitar)
  14. POT POURRI Op. 70 (guitar)
  15. CAPRICCIO Op. 71 (guitar)
  16. CANZONETTA VENEZIANA (guitar)
  17. CAVATINA "Mi vien da ridere" (voice & guitar)
  18. CAVATINA "O Cara Memoria" (voice & guitar)
  19. CAVATINA "Quel dirmi oh Dio..." (voice & guitar)
  20. CAVATINA "Venga avanti..." (voice & guitar)
  21. CONTRODANZA DELLE STREGHE (guitar)
  22. DANZA SICILIANA (guitar)
  23. DIECI CONTRODANZE FRANCESI (guitar)
  24. DIVERTIMENTO (flute & guitar)
  25. due divertimenti (guitar)
  26. LA TEMPESTA E RONDÒ (guitar)
  27. LI VALTZ DI CAPRICCIO (guitar)
  28. METODO (guitar)
  29. METODO (guitar)
  30. METODO (guitar)
  31. METODO (guitar)
  32. RACCOLTA DI ARIETTE (voice & guitar)
  33. ROMANZA "Teneri miei sospiri" (voice & guitar)
  34. VARIAZIONI (guitar)

Bibliography

  • M. Dell'Ara, F. Molino, V. Molino, J. Comoglio, W. Cerruti, V. Colla, A. Nava, F. de Salvo, Gatayes, Pollet: Opere in reprint, Ed. Tecla 1985/86.