Carnicer | Duo Concertant Op. 16 arr. by de Fossa for piano and guitar

Carnicer | Duo Concertant Op. 16 arr. by de Fossa for piano and guitar

Model: D- 13161 / EICM-46 / 494-02944 UPC: 680160618156 ISBN: 680160618156
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Ouverture pour l'Opera du Barbier de Seville par D. Ramon Carnicer
Composer: Ramon Carnicer (1789 - 1855)
Arranged for piano and guitar by Francois de Fossa (1775 - 1849)

18 pages, plus separated part

The current arrangement for piano and guitar by Francois de Fossa, was published in Paris in 1827. As the title page tells us, this arrangement was made under the eyes and according to the composer’s intentions, that is to say, in very close collaboration between composer and arranger. Under such circumstances, the composer becomes in fact a co-arranger of his own music. As we know, as a French military officer, de Fossa took part in the 1823 campaign of the Duc d’Angoulême in Catalonia. At the end of this campaign, he was promoted to the rank of Chef de Bataillon, transferred to the 23rd regiment of the line, and remained in Spain as commander of the garrison at Molins-del-Rey. He remained in this post from April 20, 1823 until January 19, 1825. Molins-del-Rey is about 11 miles distance from the center of Barcelona, which would have given de Fossa ample opportunities to visit the city regularly, fully participate in it’s social and artistic life and maintain a close working relationship with one of the leading musicians of that city, the conductor of the local opera house, Ramon Carnicer. The resulting arrangement from this collaboration, give us a truly concertante duo, where both parts are able to display a dazzling virtuosity with fairly undemanding technical prerequisites.

Francois de Fossa was born in Perpignan on August 31st 1775 and died in Paris on June 3rd 1849. He was one of the most influential composers for the guitar, an influence which was reflected in his close personal relationships with many well known guitarists of the early nineteenth century, and in particular, with Dionisio Aguado. It is thanks to de Fossa that the guitar quintets of Luigi Boccherini, perhaps the basis of the repertoire for chamber music with guitar, were preserved and are available to us today.

Front cover illustration is a water color by Francois de Fossa (1861-1935?), the composer’s grandson.


  • Model: D- 13161 / EICM-46 / 494-02944
  • Manufactured by: Theodore-Presser
  • Condition: New
  • UPC: 680160618156
  • ISBN: 680160618156

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