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Giovanni Navone di Domenico

(1839-1907)

Guitarist and composer, born in Villanova di Asti in 1839.
He was already an accomplished harpist  and teacher  when he decided to devote most of his time to guitar studies. Then he taught it in Turino for more then 40 years, training many good students (amiong which the lawyer Cesare Bianco, Carlo Carlo Renieri and others).

The Terzi's dictionary inform us that: "In 1892 he took part at a competition in Genoa as a composers and performer, obtaining first prize with his performance of Rapsodia di S. Paolo, published by Chiappino." The same music enetered in the repertory by  the composer, singer and guitarist Italo Meschi.

He wrote many compositions, mostly in simple style, which were very popular at their time. Among them one of the most vistuosistic  is the Valzer di bravura.

Giovanni Navone di Vittorio was presumably his cousin.

He died in Torino, on 30 May 1907.

 

Guitar Works by G. Navone di Domenico

  1. 10 Composizioni per chitarra (1. Rosetta (Polka), 2. La Cilentana, 3. Carmela (Mazurka), 4. Contradanza, 5. Sospiro (Notturno), 6. La Danza delle ondine (Valzer), 7. Passa la Caravana, 8. Scherzo, 9. Tarantella, 10. Selvaggia), Casa editrice musicale Silvio Parisi, Torino
  2. 10 pezzettini originali, F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  3. Sarabanda, F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  4. Corinna (polka), F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  5. Baci e carezze (valzer), F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  6. Tarantella, F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  7. Care colline (valzer), F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  8. Valzer di bravura, F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  9. Inno danese, F. Blanchi, Turin (~ 1924)
  10. Zingaresca, F. Blanchi, Turin
  11. Sorrisi e occhiatine (Mazurka), G. Monticone, Amprimo, Turin, 1924
  12. Inno marziale, G. Monticone, Amprimo, Turin, 1925
  13. Pagine sparse, piccola melodia, G. Monticone, Amprimo, Turin 1932
  14. Scherzo (polka) in re maggiore, manuscript (Collez. Boije)
  15. Souvenir de St. Paul (rapsodie), 2 guit., F. Blanchi, Turin

Bibliographyc Note

Guglielmo Berutto, Il Piemonte e la musica 1800 - 1984, 1984 (Torino : Italgrafica), p. 92-93