I originally wrote in 1997 about the guitars purchased in 1926 by Japanese collectors from Philip Bone, but never shared a copy of the original letter received from Bone listed details on the guitars. I stumbled across my correspondence with Nakano recently and realized he had sent me a copy of the letter. Here it is!
On November 6th, 1856, less than a month after the death of J. K. Mertz on October 14th, his manuscripts and instruments were put up for sale.
The German guitar journal published by the Gitarristischen Vereinigung in Munich from 1900 to 1931 was known for the first few issues just as “Mitteilungen des Internationalen Guitarristen–Verbands (e.V.)” but then soon gained the name “Der Guitarrefreund.” In 1910 it was changed to “Der Gitarrefreund.”
The journal “Mitteilungen der Freien Vereinigung zur Förderung guter Guitaremusik (e. V.)” (known in English as the “Free Society for the promotion of good guitar-music”) was one of the early, informative journals on the guitar published in Augsburg, Germany from 1904 to 1909. In January 1909 the Augsburg society joined with the Munich Gitarristischen Vereinigung and stopped publication of their own journal.
I’ve been gathering locations for all issues of S.S. Stewart’s Journal for many years and am now at a point where I’ve exhausted all major sources. I am still looking for missing issues and any suggestions would be most welcome.
Julie Fondard, possibly 1819-1864, was a student of Sor in Paris perhaps earlier than 1830. Sor dedicated his opus 62 to her in 1838. She published in Cheltenham, England from around 1834 through 1836 where she first announced herself as a pupil of Sor. By the end of 1836 she was back in Paris.
Below is a list of all of Alexander Weinmann’s “Beiträge zur Geschichte des Alt-Weiner Musikverlages” series for easy reference. His books document the output by date and plate number of many important Viennese publishers. His papers are housed in the David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. Many well-known (and unknown) guitarists’ publications can be researched in this series.
The Emilia Giuliani book is finally done! She was the daughter of Mauro Giuliani. Very little information about her has been available and only a few of her compositions have had much attention since their original publication in the 1830-40’s. In the 200th anniversary year of her birth I’m proud to release this book with tremendous work and support from Nicoletta Confalone and Thomas Heck.
As detailed in one of my earlier blog entries, Jiro Nakano was not only a long time collector, but was a tremendous cataloger of all information related to the guitar and mandolin. He wrote many articles over a very long period of time and contributed many long lists of composers and compositions to various guitar journals in Japan.
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