Lhoyer, Antoine de
Guitar Duos Vol. 1
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2 Gtr
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New critical edition by Erik Stenstadvold. Includes Score, parts and practice CD. Described in the press as one of the most important editorial achievements in recent times.
Neue, kritische Ausgabe von Erik Stenstadvold, mit Partitur, Stimmen und Übungs-CD. In der Presse als eine der wichtigsten Ausgaben der jüngsten Zeit gewürdigt.
LHOYER: 12 Valses op.23, 3 Duos Concertants op.31, 6 Duos Nocturnes op.37, Duo Concertant op.44.
Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852)
French guitarist fully deserves the recent belated attention now being paid to him. In 1990 Matanya Ophee spurred his revival with two articles which were followed by the publication of several of his works such as his early, for the genre, Concerto op.16 for guitar and string quartet (1802). In 2011 Chanterelle published his guitar duos edited by Erik Stenstadvold, from whose article the information here has been extracted. Lhoyer studied the guitar in Paris in the 1770s with, among others (B?) Vidal, who is attributed to describing him in 1800 as “The best guitarist in Europe”. On account of an active military career and being a royalist, he spent many years in exile in Hamburg, a centre for French émigrés where he made a living teaching and playing the guitar, and in St. Petersburg. He returned to France in 1812. Shortly afterwards his Six Exercices were published and he changed from the five-string to the six-string guitar. From 1820-30 when in Niort and Île d’Oléron, where he was Mayor, some of his best compositions were written, eg his Guitar Duos opp. 31, 32, 33, 34 and 44. In c.1836 he apparently moved to Algeria, returning shortly before his death to Paris. Interestingly, Aguado mentions in his Nuevo Método op. 6 that Lhoyer used RH fingernails, contrary to Aguado’s recommendations, and at a time when the majority of guitarists did not. His 6 Exercices op. 27 are now being published complete and for the first time in a modern edition by Erik Stenstadvold for Guitar Heritage.