Luigi Legnani (1790-1877) Legnani was a guitarist and singer who toured Europe widely. His debut in Milan in 1819 was followed by concert tours in Germany, Austria, and Russia, and then Switzerland, reportedly together with Paganini - (editor’s note: there is no evidence yet that he ever actually did play together with Paganini). In 1842 he was in Spain where he was reported to have “... most remarkable agility of execution and a tone of infinite depth and rare singing quality particularly in his Cantabile on the bass strings”. In Vienna he made the acquaintance of the luthiers Ries and Stauffer, who incorporated his designs in some of their instruments, putting his name on their labels. He also stayed in Paris. He composed prolifically and wrote a method, his op. 250. In 1850 he stopped roving as a guitar virtuoso and devoted himself to making guitars. Today, his 36 Caprices op. 20 and his Fantasie op. 19 are still quite often performed; the rest of his output is generally a little weak and is seldom heard.