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Giuranna, Bruno

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Milan (Italy), 1933. Mr. Giuranna began his solo career in 1954 when he performed the world premiere of Giorgio Federico Ghedini's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with Herbert von Karajan conducting. He has since performed regularly with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and La Scala in Milan under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir John Barbirolli, Riccardo Muti and Sergiu Celibidache. Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and lnternational Chair at the Royal Academy of Music in London 1995-96, Mr. Giuranna is now Visiting Professor of viola at the University of Limerick. He has given master classes throughout the world and was a frequent guest at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont. From 1983 to 1992 Bruno Giuranna was Artistic Director of the Padova Chamber Orchestra and of the International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo, ltaly.

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STAMITZ, Carl

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Mannheim, 1745 - Jena, 1801. Karl Philipp Stamitz was a German composer of partial Czech ancestry (his mother was German), and a violin, viola and viola d'amore virtuoso. He was the most prominent representative of the second generation of the so-called Mannheim School. Carl Stamitz 1789He was the first composer to specify a left hand pizzicato (an important virtuoso device) in a composition.[1] This occurs in his famous viola concerto in D major where the passage in question is designated by an "0" above the notes. This happened decades before Paganini would designate the same effect with an "X" above the notes. A good composer of impeccable musical pedigree and training, he is particularly remembered for his melodious clarinet and viola concertos which are played to this day. Although a talented and prolific composer of great aspirations, he never succeeded in attaining an adequate position with one of the major princes or orchestras of his time – whether for want of trying or because of his unsteady and itinerant lifestyle is not clear. He died in poverty; a small town music teacher who in his last years turned to alchemy in search of making gold. When nine years after his death (1810) his estate was put up for auction to cover his debts nothing was sold and all of it consequently lost.

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  • STAMITZ | Giuranna < Viola

    Concerto for viola and orchestra in D major (viola and piano reduction)

    I. Moderato

    CLASS 4648: [O.V.: English]

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    Part - 43' 35''

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