XVIIIth international Guitar Convention
organized by the Società Internazionale
Chitarristi «Ivano Ferrari» - in Modena, Viale
Tassoni, 50 - took place in Reggio Emilia on 6th
and 7th October 1956. The event
was promoted by the Ente Provinciale Turismo
of Reggio Emilia and the Promotion Committee
of the IIIth Exhibition of typical products
and of mechanics in agriculture.
the Convention, an «Open Competition for
Guitar Soloists» was presented with an
obligatory piece (Capriccio n. 23 by Legnani),
easy to read at first sight and one or two
other pieces of choice. As only one candidate
registered, the Open Competition was replaced
by an «Open Contest for Soloists» without
obligatory piece and neither reading at first
sight. The participants had to present only
one or two pieces of choice.
technical commission, composed by the Maestri
Heinz Bischoff, Benedetto Di Ponio, Martino
Barbieri, Giorgio Balboni, secretary Mirko
Caffagni, had to establish a graduatory of
following candidates were present:
Laila Pagliarini (9
years) from Cesena, (M° Pietro Battelli),
performed: Variated theme by M. Giuliani and
«Andante doloroso» by Carulli;
performed: «Feste Lariane» by Mozzani,
Capriccio n. 21 by Legnani and «Fantasia» by
Elena La Vecchia of
Cerce Piccola (Campobasso) interpretated: «Preludio»
by Saint de la Maza and «Preludio» by Diabelli.
technical commission presented the follwing
Pagliarini, Elena La Vecchia: ex aequo.
Without taking part in the contest performed
the guitarists listed below, playing the
pieces mentioned next to the name:
Balboni M° Giorgio,
«Capriccio» op. 20 by Legnani, «Sogno» di
Tarrega and «Fantasia» op. 19 by Legnani;
Cagnacci from Pisa,
«Nostalgia» by Cagnacci, «Una lacrima» by
Tarrega, and finally the young virtuoso Enrico
Tagliavini (M° Renzo Cabassi), who presented a
«Congress» as well as the «Open Contest for
Solists» were hosted in the magnificient
Salone of Palazzo Spalletti.
the afternoon, several registrations were done
by Italian TV. All performances were also
registered by the technician Romani - Via
Bligny 18, Reggio Emilia – on a magnetic tape
and afterwards discs will be provided that can
be asked by any interested person from the
technician mentioned above.
guitarist were all very good and received a
vivid applause, especially the young
Pagliarini and La Vecchia who had begun the
study of their instruments only a few months
the «Congress» were present: Renato Marmiroli,
President of E.P.T.; the Maestri Heinz
Bischoff, Siegfried Behrend, Marga Bäuml,
Walter Klasinc, Romolo Ferrari, Benedetto Di
Ponio, Giorgio Balboni, Martino Barbieri,
Pietro Battelli, Mirko Caffagni, Angelo Marenzi, Ugo Mori, Enrico Oberosler, Lando
Orlich and others. Prof. Romolo Ferrari read a
much applauded contribution about the guitar
mentioning many personalities of the past (G.
Mazzini, U. Bassi, E. Berlioz, C. M. Weber, G.
Rossini, F. Schubert, L. Boccherini, A.
Diabelli, ecc.) who had a special preference
for the guitar.
informed as well that many precious
compositions of Paganini for violin and guitar
were discovered and edited by Zimmermann from
Frankfurt on Main and remembered finally that
Paganini played in Torino with the famous
Afterwards Prof. Ferrari presented the draft
of a new method for guitar about which he was
questioned by the audience and in particular
by Prof. Di Ponio. In the evening of 6th
October, still in the marvellous Salone of
Palazzo Spalletti, took place the Concert of
the famous lutenist Dr. Prof. M° Heinz
Bischoff, teacher at the Conservatory of Munic
and of Salzburg, with the following programme:
First part, Italian School:
«Fantasia» by Francesco da
Milano; «Fantasia» by Pierino Fiorentino; «Ricercare»
by V. Galilei. French School: «Volte-Branle
simple» by A. Francisque. English School:
«Galliard» by J. Dowland. Spanisch
School: «Pavana» diby Luis Milan.
German School: «Preambolo» by H.
Neusielder; «Fantasia» by Elias Mertel and «Minuetto»
by P. F. Lesage de Richèe.
Second part, German School:
«Suite in mi min.,
original for lute» by J. S. Bach; «Suite in
la magg.» by A. Falckenhagen; «Le Dròle» by E.
Gottlier «Fantasia» by H. Bischoff. Not in the
programme, a composition by Pier Paolo Melli
from Reggio Emilia, a lutenist of the XVIIth
century at the Courts of Austria and Ferrara.
Bischoff played on a lute of Hermann Hauser
from Munic in Bavaria.
was followed by the Concert of the famous
virtuoso Siegfried Behrend (orchestrian of
Radio Station of Berlin, Stuttgart and
Hamburg; guitar «Weissgerber», Richard Jacob,
Markneukirchen, Goethestrasse 2, Germany)
interpretating the compositions: «Preludio e
studio» by Villa Lobos; «La Guarda Cuydadosa»
and «Capriccio» by M. Castelnuovo Tedesco; «Garrotin»,
«Soleares» and «Fandanguillo» by J. Turina;
«Suite castellana» by F. Moreno Torroba;
«Habanera» by M. Ravel-Behrend; Preludio «Menestrel»
by Debussy-Castelnuovo Tedesco; «Danza morito»
by S. Behrend; «Farruca» by M. De
Falla-Behrend; «Leggenda» by I.
Albeniz-Behrend; «Danza spagnola» by E.
Granados-Behrend and «Alborada» and «Zambra»
by S. Behrend.
beautiful evening closed with the performance
of the «Concerto per due violini, liuto (chitarra)
e basso continuo» by Antonio Vivaldi: S.
Behrend lute (guitar), Astorre Ferrari 1st
violin, Alvaro Manfredi 2nd violin,
Quintilio Prodi violoncello. The main opus of
Vivaldi played by the four perfectly qualified
instrumentalists in an absolutely superior
stile had to be repeted.
succes of Bischoff as well as of Behrend was
enormous. They are to be considered as two
authentic exceptional cases with a very
advanced technique and a perfect musicality.
the morning of 7th October, the
participants of the Congress under guidance of
Prof. Severo Piccinini visited the artistic
monuments of the town.
12.30 lunch at the restaurant «Scudo d'Italia»
with all contributing participants of the
the evening, in the beautiful Salone of the
Società del Casino (Ridotto of the Teatro
Municipale), took place the final Concert with
the contribution of the young virtuoso Enrico
Tagliavini who performed: «La Frescobalda» by
G. Frescobaldi; «Minuetto» by G. Haydn;
«Studio» by Sor; «Abeyas» by A. Barrios; «Chôro»
and«Studio» by H. Villa Lobos; «Torre bermeja»
by I. Albeniz and «Terremoto» with variations
by L. Legnani.
Because of the vivid insistance of the public,
the very good and much applauded guitarist
interpretated «Variations in Sor on a theme of
Afterwards performed the Duo Marga Bäuml,
guitarist (orchestrian of German Radio
Stations) and Walter Klasinc, violinist and
pianist (teacher of violin at the Conservatory
of Graz in Austria). The programme included: «Gran
duetto concertante per violino e chitarra» by
L. Legnani; «Tre danze di Bohemia» for violin
and guitar by H. Ambrosius; «Sonata concertata»
for violin and guitar by N. Paganini; «Grande
sonata» for guitar accompanied by violin by N.
Paganini; «Grande Concerto» for guitar and
piano by M. Giuliani (revised by Prof. Romolo
two very good orchestrians had a very
appreciated success making known to many of
the present authentic main pieces for violin
and guitar as well as for piano and guitar.
a general request, Prof. Heinz Bischoff and
Prof. Siegfried Behrend performed some pieces
of their vast and very interesting repertory,
not foreseen in the programme, achieving once
again the full enthusiasm of the first
XVIII Congresso Chitarristico
Internazionale, in «Federazione Italiana
del Plettro», n. 14, 1956, pp. 3-5