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Renato Giuseppini

(1908-1970)

Renato Giuseppini was a great guitarist and virtuoso, nowadays unluckily forgotten. Besides, we have just few information about him.

Renato Giuseppini was a virtuoso guitarwast, born in Rome on August 1908.
His great passion for music stems from childhood, he studied theory and composition with maestro Boichiuto, and then he studied also the piano. He frequented the mandolin orchestra practices and got the idea to play the guitar.
After learning the basics he could play accompaniments. He then went about studying the Carulli and Carcassi methods with professor Di Ponio. He quickly developed a tremendous technique and at the age of sixteen he joined a variety company as a soloist and accompanist. At the end of a tour, he joined another troupe as a director of Neapolitan mandolin orchestra. He went to Florence and was employed at the famous Buca di S. Ruffillo restaurant. There he met Amerigo Parrini, an already famous historian and guitar teacher.
Under his guidance Renato studied the works of Sor, Giuliani, Legnani, Regondi, Diabelli and other modern authors, that he studied with tenacity, to the point he received praisse from maestro Segovia, in a private performance. According to B. Terzi (1937), "Renato would undoubtedly show a great promwase for the guitar, becoming a great concert guitarwast with tone color, sentiment and interpretation."
Renato emigrated in America nel 1935 where he was engaged by Decca for some recordings (4 78 RPMs), published in a de luxe box bearing the title Neapolitan Nights.

Renato died in 1970.

These recordings still shines nowadays for their color tones, feelings and virtuosism. These recordings are available for listening in the JcG Club due to a digital encoding from private collection by G. Idone and M. Bazzotti (who owns the entire set).

Discography

Box ‘Decca Album No.124’, 18 M Series, 1939. Content 4 10'' 78 RPMs with Neapolitan songs, in the following tracks:

  1. Funiculì Funiculà (Denza) / Maria Marì (Di Capua);
  2. Marcia Militare (Mario) / Torna a Surriento (De Curtis);
  3. Santa Lucia (arr. Giuseppini) / Mazurka di Papa (Giuseppini);
  4. ‘O sole mio (Di Capua) / La Spagnola (Di Chiara).

In a music ensemble with Sacchetti at the mandolin and Thoni at accordeon, they recorded two pop songs for the Edison Bell:
El rosal by O. Rossi and Parata dei fiori by Thoni

Note: These recordings are availlable listening in the Club di Just Classical Guitar sectione (a subscription to our Club is necessary).

R. Giuseppini, cofanetto Decca (1939)