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Luigi Picchianti

(1786-1864)

a Florentine guitarist and composer

L. PicchiantiLuigi Picchianti was born in Florence on 29 October, 1786.
He was very young when he began basic music training as well as specific training on guitar; also early on he undertook thorough study in composition with Disma Ugolini. From 1821 to 1825 he performed guitar recitals in France, England and Germany. When he came back to Florence, he became an active promoter of the development of the musical culture in his city, pouring his energy into the improvement of the Music School of the Music Institute. In 1840 he founded the "Musical Magazine of Florence," the first musical Italian periodical. He was a teacher of harmony and counterpoint from 1853, and subsequently taught history and musical aesthetics, a task that he carried out up to old age. He wrote many sage articles of music criticism for the "Musical Gazette of Milan" and many biographical books: noteworthy among these are the biographies on Disma Ugolini (1840) and Luigi Cherubini (1843). Picchianti was the first biographer of the latter.

Worth mentioning among his theoretical works are the "General and Rational Fundamentals of Music Theory and Practice," published in Florence in 1834. Picchianti is the author of many works for guitar: a Method, published by Cipriani in Florence; several chamber pieces for flute and guitar, published by Ricordi; a sonata for solo guitar, and many airs for voice and guitar. He also wrote liturgical music, such as the "Psalms" for eight voices with orchestra.

Picchianti's long life of music service ended on October 19, 1864; he died in Florence in poverty.

(Transl. M. Penny)

Known printed works of L. Picchianti

  1. SECONDA FANTASIA Op. 40 (flute & guitar)
  2. ARIA VARIATA (guitar)
  3. ARIETTA NAZIONALE (voice & guitar)
  4. CAVATINA "Come dolce all'alma" (guitar)
  5. MARCIA (two guitars)
  6. METODO
  7. SEI VALZER (guitar)
  8. SEI VALZER (guitar)
  9. SEI VALZER (guitar)
  10. TRENTASEI ARIETTE (voice & guitar)
  11. TRIO (clarinet, bassoon & guitar)
  12. VARIAZIONI (guitar)
  13. VARIAZIONI (guitar)

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