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Filippo Gragnani: Chamber Music ()

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composed by Filippo Gragnani

The combinations of instruments on this disc of Classical-era chamber music -- violin, clarinet, and two guitars, or flute, clarinet, violin, two guitars, and cello -- look pretty strange, but there's a principle in operation that explains them. Filippo Gragnani (1767-1812), an Italian who went to make his fortune in Russia, was one of a group of composers, little known today, who wrote music in which one or more guitars would stand in for keyboards. In the years around 1800, as it is today, a guitar offered a way of ...

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