Nicola Jappelli

Pièces de Société

Nicola Jappelli romantic guitar
(copy by Kresse after Stauffer 1830ca)

The intimate and romantic soul of the guitar, a protagonist of musical evenings in refined 19th century parlors, is revealed through tender and moving examples of how a musical instrument can express the spirit of refined sociality. Delicate sentiments and subtle nuances are skillfully blended with brilliant virtuosities to elegantly and tastefully entertain the audience.
The great Catalan composer Sor devotedly pays homage to Mozart´s classicism. Paganini abandons his diabolic violinistic acrobatics for a sweeter and more sensual virtuosity. The music of Carcassi, with an Italian soul, is more explicit and direct. Mertz admires Schubert´s romanticism and uses it as his reference and model.
All of Europe discovers the guitar, which becomes a favorite instrument for social gatherings of the nascent upper middle class entertained with “parlor music”.

1a parte

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
Tre sonate MS 84

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
Tre Bardenklänge

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Pièces de Sociètè op.33 n.3

2a parte

Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)
Quattro studi melodici op.60

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
Due sonate MS 84

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Pièces de Sociètè op.33 n.1

800 - 900: Contrasts and connections among the strings

Nicola Jappelli guitar and romantic guitar

The program is a unique collection of guitar music from over two centuries that seeks to reveal the differences and compare two historical periods and their style: the 19th century with its intimate, romantic vein and its refined parlor music, and the 20th century with its occasionally harsh contrasts, rhythm, and modernity.
Two different instruments are used for the two periods and two continents to dramatically and poetically underline profoundly different moods.

1a parte

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
Tre sonate MS 84

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Pièces de Sociètè op.33 n.3

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
Tre Bardenklänge

2a parte

Leo Brouwer (1939)
Nuevos Estudios Sencillos (2001)

Nicola Jappelli (1975)
Sectional drawings (2004)

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)
Campero - Acentuado (da "Cinco Piezas" 1980)

Between the Twentieth Century and Our Contemporary Age

Nicola Jappelli guitar

This profile of the modern guitar and its sonority starts out from the “historic” Twentieth Century, with the famous and strikingly beautiful Five Preludes of Villa - Lobos. It continues with Piazzolla, who is also considered a classic, and reaches contemporary, post - modern music. Leo Brouwer draws from his Afro - Cuban origins to shape new forms and envisions an “orchestral” guitar with myriad tones and colors.
Takemitsu from Japan arranges three beautiful pop songs with stunning jazz nuances.
My piece, “Light Frameworks”, reflects the mood of my most recent compositions, transformed for the more intimate character of the guitar.

1a parte

Heitor Villa Lobos (1887 - 1959)
Cinque Preludi (1940)

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)
Campero - Acentuado (da "Cinco Piezas" 1980)

2a parte

Leo Brouwer (1939)
Nuevos Estudios Sencillos (2001)

Toru Takemitsu (1930 - 1996)
3 Transcription (1977)

Nicola Jappelli (1975)
Light Frameworks (2002)

Las mujeres y cuerdas

Nicola Jappelli romantic guitar
Pilar Moral soprano

The program presents an interesting and unknown repertoire of early 19th century Spanish and Italian music for voice and guitar: Seguidillas, Seguidillas boleros, Tiranas, Boleros, Ariette, and Songs.
These masterpieces reveal their folk origins and are exquisite examples of Italian style and the Spanish guitar culture.
The lyrics always speak of love in its many forms - from passion to playful flirting -- and often express a subtle eroticism full of double entendres and amusing plays on words: it is a genre that captivates and seduces the audience. Due to their uniqueness and immediacy, the lyrics can also be recited in Italian and/or Castilian.

1a parte

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
12 Seguidillas

Salvador Castro de Gistau (1770 - ?)
Seguidillas e Tiranas (Selezione)

2a parte

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
Due Sonate MS 84 (chitarra sola)

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Due ariette italiane

Federico Moretti (1765-1838)
Dos canciones

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
“Di tanti palpiti”
(cavatina dall´opera “Tancredi”)
(versione di Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

Italia ‘800 - Argentina ‘900

Jappelli & Staffini guitarduo

The program is based on two different types of guitar music: 19th century Italian compositions, with Carulli and Gragnani, and the Argentine school Rizzo, Pujol, and the three authors of the so-called “Guardia Vieja”, the musicians of the first historical period of the tango, which went from the turn of the century to the 1940s.

1a parte (eseguita con chitarre romantiche)

Filippo Gragnani (1767-1812)
Duo in Sol maggiore

Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)
Symphonie de Haydn arrangeé

Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)
Duo in Re maggiore Op. 62

2a parte (eseguita con chitarre moderne)

Luis Rizzo (1945)
Tangos

Tre Tanghi della “Guardia Vieja” (anni ‘20 - ‘40)
Palomita Blanca - Los Mareados - Corazon de oro

Maximo Diego Pujol (1957)
Tango, Milonga y Final

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Nicola Jappelli chitarra e chitarra romantica
Nicola Jappelli chitarra romantica Pilar Moral soprano
Jappelli & Staffini guitarduo