Gaetano Braga : Angel's Serenade ( Legende Valaque ) - Edison Symphony Orchestra ( 1902 Recording )





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Published on Jul 9, 2011

Gaetano Braga

Famous cellist and composer
(Giulianova 1829 - Milan 1907)

Giuliese famous cellist and composer, was a performer of international renown.

Modest family, was about to be started on an ecclesiastical career from childhood, when the Duchess of Atri Giulia Colonna, note the remarkable musical aptitude in him, helped him through family difficulties, which prevented him from moving to Naples at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Maiella. Here he was admitted, first of all the candidates, in the singing classes, but, fascinated by the sound of the cello-mate College Laboccetta, secretly took lessons from him. The Director Mercadante, scopertolo to play in the orchestra, and surprised by his skill, he quickly built for him by luthier Gagliano cello, and gave Braga Ciaudelli the teacher, student, in turn, Paganini (who also played the cello) and Vincent Fenzi, whose son Scipio, in 1870 became professor at the Moscow Conservatory, founded a few years ago. Braga made her debut in Naples at the age of 14 years and after a tour in several Italian cities (Florence, Bologna, Trieste, Italy ...), he stopped in Vienna, where he took part in the famous quartet of Mayseder. He went then to Paris, where he played with Bizet, Rubinstein, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Gounod, with the best pianists (List, Thalberg, Sgambati, Martucci, Lubec, Prudent, Fumagalli, allocate, Goria, Ravine), violinists (Sivori, Pinto, Alard, Vieux-Temps) with the famous bass player and Bottesini. In Paris he met also Gounod (attended the premiere of the famous Ave Maria), Halevy, Auber, Meyerbeer, Massenet, Verdi, and became a close friend of Rossini, who composed for him Une alarm, entered the circle of the best artists Paris (Doré, Delacroix, Dumas, Boldini ...).

In 1856 continues the business in London, where he buys a Stradivarius of 1731, which still played today, bears his name. In 1874 also performs a concert tour in America, and, after many successes, was called "King and cello."

As a composer, he was a pupil of Mercadante, and wrote numerous instrumental chamber music, mostly for cello (revised method also known Dotzauer, which published by Ricordi, was adopted in all the Conservatives) and voice, including the famous legend Wallachia published around the world and even quoted by A. Chekhov, in one of his stories. He also wrote a dozen operas, collaborating with librettists as Ghislanzoni, Piave, De Lauzieres, some of which were performed successfully in Vienna (Estella St. Germain), Paris (The Beggar), and Lisbon (Caligula). Much sought after as a teacher of singing Verdi and also by Halevy, taught famous singers like Nilson, Patti, the Frezzolini, Mary Lafon, the Borghi-Mamo, etc. Bosio. It was a close friend of Fogazzaro, set to music which the embroiderer, and the writer, in turn, portrayed him in the novel of the master Chieco.

House-Museum "G. Braga "(Museum): Built in the second half of the 800, when the musician decided to rebuild from scratch on the same site his home, even more modest.

It is currently used as a house museum: there are different works of art (paintings, drawings, sculptures) and life on the figure of the musician, P. Montegny, P. Chardin, S. Schaeppi, A. Malaspina, A. Tantardini, A. Tentarelli (giuliese illustrious sculptor), also letters, illustrations, documents, music scores, the result of research conducted in Italy and abroad by the same name which has its headquarters here.

Visiting the house-museum, you can also listen to recordings and recordings of some compositions of Braga and other music of that period.

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