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Last Update: 11 September 2019

The second edition of the Florence Guitar Festival is more information in Concerts and events.
Concert of Ganesh Del Vescovo Friday 13 October 2017 at 9:00 p.m, Church of S. Lorenzo a Vicchio di Rimaggio, Bagno a Ripoli (Fi), music of Couperin (Passacaglia), Bach (Suite 996) Mozart (12 Variazioni su Ah,vous dirais-je,Maman) and Del Vescovo,more info in Concerts and events.
. Fiori Musicali - Concert of Ganesh Del Vescovo saturday 20 May 2017 at 8:00 p.m: Sala concerto del Centro Studi Musica e Arte - via Pietrapiana 32, Florence Dedicated to Manuel de Falla, music of Couperin, Bach, Torroba, de Falla, Del on the Concerts.
Guitar recital of Ganesh Del Vescovo , VIII Concorso Internazionale di Liuteria - Sunday 21 May 2017 ore 5:00 p.m, Sala Pilade Biondi del Palazzo Comunale di Sesto Fiorentino, free admission, click on the Concerts.
Masterclass of Ganesh del Vescovo, Saturday 3 June 2017, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M e dalle 3 P.M. alle 7 P.M presso la sede di “DoReMi”, International Musical Academy (D.I.M.A), siti nei locali parrocchiali della Parrocchia di San Gemignano ad Arezzo. La masterclass sara` seguita dal concerto mattutino di domenica 4 alle ore 11 nella Chiesa di Santa Maria della Porta (Chiesa di Porta Crucifera) ad Arezzo, for info click on the Concerts.
I am very happy to announce that i won the 11th INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR MICHELE PITTALUGA with the piece for two guitars entitled Improvviso e on the News.
Guitar Recital : Ganesh Del Vescovo Saturday 24 September 2016 at 7:00 p.m.,Church of S.Eligio degli Orefici - via di S. Eligio 7, Rome, Music of Villa-Lobos, Torroba, Couperin, Rodrigo, Del Vescovo.
You now can subscribe to the splendid monografic guide of Ganesh Del Vescovo "The Guitar without Boundaries" in the series of Guitart publications. It consists of 144 pages both in Italian and in English, and is dedicated to the unlimited number techniques possible in composing for the guitar + It includes a CD with 55 music tracks of examples... click on the News.
Here is the interview (with the English translation) that the musicologist Eleonora Negri recently had with Ganesh Del Vescovo, published by the Magazine Guitart in the October/December 2015 issue. It also announces the manual which is about to be published with the title, "The Guitar Without Bounderies- A Guide to new technical possibilities of the guitar, for guitarists and composers" - Booklet + CD by Ganesh Del Vescovo, click on the News.
A concert of compositions by Ganesh Del Vescovo will be performed by the composer on 23 November 2015, at the Lyceum Club Internazionale, Via degli Alfani 48, Florence (see Concerts and events
for the program)...An interesting Web "Conversation with Ganesh Del Vescovo" by Poireinganba Thanglam/Len has been published on the Web Magazine Classical Guitar Augmented,see the News...A CD dedicated to his music is being published by EMA Vinci with the title "Omaggio a Ganesh Del Vescovo". This CD will be presented at his Concert at the Lyceum Club Internazionale, via degli Alfani 49 Florence, 23 November 2015 at 8.30 P.M.
A recent interview made with Ganesh Del Vescovo by the musicologist Eleonora Negri will be published in the next issue of Guitart Magazine.
The next issue of Guitart will publish the score of the music on the video Pioggia d'autunno by Ganesh Del Vescovo. (see News for more info)...An important monographic “booklet” by the composer about his works on the guitar is about to be published by the magazine Guitart. The entire works for guitar solo of Ganesh Del Vescovo are being prepared and will soon be published by Sinfonica, thus completing the works that have already been published. The works will consist in three volumes, each with an included CD.
In 2011 Ganesh received first prize for composition at the International Festival “Claxica 2011” at Castel d’Aiano, Bologna with the piece for guitar solo Schegge di luce (“Splinters of Light”) published by Sinfonica Nuova Carisch, click news in homepage...
New concerts of Ganesh, click here
The guitar transcription made by Ganesh of Claude Debussy's "Children's Corner" has been published, listen mp3 in news
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Sei studi per chitarra di Ganesh Del Vescovo
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Suite "alla montagna" of Ganesh Del Vescovo.Click here to read the comment

IL FRONIMO – guitar review

Edizioni il Dialogo – Milano – luglio 2001
( published by IL DIALOGO − Milan, Italy − July 2001 )
An article by Alvaro Company

 Sei studi per chitarra di Ganesh Del Vescovo

Ganesh Del Vescovo
Sei Studi per chitarra (Six Studies for the guitar)
Publisher: Edizioni Musicali Sinfonica, Milan, 2001

The Sei Studi (Six Studies) for the guitar by Ganesh Del Vescovo are impressive right from the very first time one glances at them or hears them. This is because of the distinct character and the unique originality each one of them bears. Each study, besides using specific and most novel techniques on the instrument, evolves through the use of several new procedures which were invented by the composer, as well as other ones that are totally new to the guitar, and which were borrowed from oriental instruments. The techniques mentioned could, through study, widen interpreters’ performing possibilities and therefore should be taken into serious consideration. The resonance of Indian Ragas and of ancient Greek modes are combined with the language of Western music in a spontaneous fusion which becomes the genuine expression of a new world of sound.
The First Study, "Invocazione a Sita" (su una nota ribattuta), on the repetition of one note, is a serene devotional tune in which measure and intuition determine the harmonious development on the thread of the melody, tuned in a mode which recalls an Indian Raga. The thread of this melody becomes the expressive representation of one’s own soul and, through wide bowing movements, there is a progressive unfolding of deep inner meditative moments that alternate with moments of great lyrical tension. A higher pitch drone note (nearly always an E played on the first string and, in the crescendos, on the first and second strings) is played with a tremolo and is often gentle and smooth, accompanying and integrating the tune which continues on lower tones.
The Second Study, "On Percussions" in the beginning unravels impetuously through rich percussion timbres, in a pattern which is played by the right hand accompanied by an obstinate succession of notes, nearly always repeated, played only with the left hand on the fingerboard of the instrument. There follows a short episode with a more tranquil dialogue between the two hands, which still remain independent. Here the left hand, by itself, (using a new and personal technique created by Del Vescovo), produces rapid arpeggio chords on the six strings. These chords are composed only of natural harmonics. During all this, the right hand, by itself, carries out the percussion. The episode which follows begins with a crescendo and an accelerando. It is here that the "pizzicato Ganesh" (or Ganesh pizzicato) appears for the first time. This is done by pressing the string on the fingerboard with one finger of the right hand and by plucking it simultaneously with another finger of the same hand (usually with the thumb). This allows the left hand full freedom to form other patterns by itself, (either notes or percussions). All this has a very strong effect.
The Third Study, "On Microtones", is composed of a musical structure which is nearly always monodic, with the exception of a few moments in which one or, more rarely, two notes remain resonant, superimposing each other on the melody pattern which continues. The indication given to use quarter tones and eighths of tones, must be considered as approximate, because of the nature of the technique used to play them. Through the effect of these "mutating tones" (especially the key-intervals in which the slight identification of a theme comes to the surface) the tune unfolds itself into a dimension in which the notes are no longer identifiable in the normal diatonic and chromatic tones, and give a hint of a transfigured sense of the Raga. In this way there arises, with surprising simplicity, a melodic line which is subtly varied, extremely expressive and genuinely fascinating.
The Forth Study, "Sandhya I" uses a particular technique of portamento, which Del Vescovo calls "Sarod glissando" and which derives from a technique used on an oriental instrument. This technique consists of pressing the string on the fingerboard with the tip on the fingernail rather than with the finger tip and then in sliding from one fret to the other (usually with rapid movements). This has the effect of a portamento legato (slur portamento) but it is more resonant. The rhythm is rather free and reminds one of a recitativo − a dialogue between two people, the first of whom seems more imperious and, at times, agitated and even impertinent (this effect is produced through the "Sarod glissando"), and the other person, with a calmer character, expresses himself through long notes (étouffés with resonance") or with a series of more tranquil slur notes (done with the normal guitar technique of the instrumental slur) or also with a succession of notes played with the effect of a pizzicato. The whole impression is that of the image of two masks of the oriental theatre which either converse with each other or argue.
The Fifth Study, "On the Ganesh Pizzicato", constantly uses this new technique, that I have already discussed in referring to the Second Study. But here the use of the technique is systematic and is always in association with other notes that, either on the same string or on another one, flow rapidly together with the normal instrumental slur played by the left hand. In this Study the various technical combinations weave in and out of each other with elegant rapidity and virtuosity. The effect is surprising because of the sonorous game of the scales which "oscillate" like recurrent waves, underlined by the musical accents which illuminate them. Technique, virtuosity and instrumental gesture come together in a happy symbiosis of mimic and sound.
The Sixth Study, "Antar Mouna" (Inner Silence) is on harmonics and ends the series. As its title suggests, this composition has a meditative character. The third string is lowered to F# so as to allow the playing of certain arpeggiati chords and a particular "resonance" in a specific modal area. This moves around a rising or falling chromatism, in a very sensitive and moving way, particulary on the II, IV and VII degrees. Though the world of the Indian Ragas can be seen throughout, in this piece the kind of resonance used seems like the reflection of the personal, discovery of an intuitive, inner world of harmoniae, found inside one’s own microcosm. In the first part the piece develops a very calm feeling of spaciousness. A few rare arpeggios, created by normal sounds, form the foundation of the transparent flowing of harmonic notes, (even very high pitch ones), that spread through a nearly star-like space of sound. In the second part the piece becomes lively and agitated, nearly to the point of becoming dramatic. Then, towards the end, it brings in an arpeggio which once again finds the traces sounds that appeared in the beginning of the piece. There follows a conclusion which consists of a delicate and short stream of notes which get more and more acute and which resemble something that we remember, which is vanishing slowly and diminishing, nearly loosing itself in space.

( Alvaro Company )

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