Stauffer & Co. - The Viennese Guitar of the 19th Century

World Capital of Music, Vienna, during the first decades of the 19th century, was also the city of the guitar par excellence. First in a long line of Viennese guitar makers, Georg Stauffer made a unique synthesis of Neapolitan and French influences; he created one of the best models of his time - the renowned "Legnani model" - and instigated lasting innovations such as the terz guitar and early contra guitars. In his wake, a genuine Viennese school of guitar making emerged: his son Anton, their colleague Bernard Enzensperger, but also Franz Feilnreiter, Nikolaus Georg Ries, Johann Gottfried Scherzer, Ludwig Reisinger and many others were its protagonists. Played in concert by the finest virtuosos who have sojourned in Vienna - Mauro Giuliani, Luigi Legnani, J. K. Mertz -, present in the most distinguished salons in town, the guitar was widely propagated by important music publishers like Anton Diabelli and Domenico Artaria. Thanks to the extraordinary success of the Schrammelquartett, it knew a popularity that even outreached the Biedermeier period and ignored all social barriers. The guitar with individual strings as we know it today was indeed created in Italy at the end of the 18th century, but not only did major improvements take place in the capital of Austria: here were laid the foundations for the guitar's specific repertoire and for its future pre-eminence, in Europe and beyond. Based on documents mostly never been published before, Stauffer & Co. retraces the history of this school, which has been neglected for a long time. A selection of sixty period instruments is displayed in individual portraits and illustrates the rich diversity of the Viennese production. The book also revives the musical and cultural context of the "guitaromanie", that not only made the instrument an emblem of the romantic era in Vienna, but paved the way for the modern guitar. A book by Erik Pierre Hofmann, Pascal Mougin and Stefan Hackl. 320 pages. 44,2 x 32,4 x 5,4 cm. 1st edition in French, German and English (2012). ISBN 978-2953886801

195.00 €

Franz Schubert - 39 Songs with Guitar Accompaniment

Much has been written already on the topic of Schubert and the guitar - and from the composer's lifetime up to today, countless editions of his songs featuring guitar accompaniments have been published. So why add yet another one? Because the present versions for guitar originate from the composer's immediate circle. In the years 1840-1842, Schubert's friend and provider of lyrics Franz von Schlechta (1796-1875) put down in writing the present collection of songs: some feature previously unknown guitar accompaniments, some are based on versions which had already been printed in Schubert's lifetime, but have not been republished since, while others are hard-to-find arrangements by the composer's contemporaries. These 39 songs are reproduced here in facsimile form, enhanced with transcripts of the lyrics as well as reference texts and documents, introduced and commented by Stefan Hackl. 192 pages. 38 x 30,6 x 3,4 cm. 1st edition in German and English (2014). ISBN 978-2953886818

80.00 €

Guitar Music Online, iss.1 "Sang aus Norden"

The world-wide web is every musician's treasure box. In particular, it gives free and easy access to a huge part of the historical repertoire. In this context, genuine rarities are few and have become increasingly valuable. Yet the pressure on music publishers from the giant wave of digital reproduction has made them re-evaluate the risks of issuing material for a very small clientele. This is where Guitar Music Offline comes in: giving access to some of the remaining rarities of the guitar repertoire to those who do not wish to limit themselves to the mainstream of internet diffusion and who appreciate the feel of real paper just as much as the quality of a devoted publisher's work. Every copy is hand assembled and signed by the publisher. Edited by Stefan Hackl. Sheet music: 8 pages 1st edition (2015) ISBN: 978-2953886825

7.50 €