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Romanza

( Francesco Molino )

This is an elegant duet by the Italian Francesco Molino (1768-1847), though it is not clear if he is the original composer, I also heard it as a theme by Carulli. I guess the piece is an arrangement of a popular Italian song.

Francesco Molino was born in Turin in northern Italy. As a fifteen year old boy, he enlisted with the Piemonte Regiment as a member of the military band. Later on he worked in the theatre and the royal band (yes, Piemonte was a principality in those days). In 1820 he moved to Paris -the capital of the European guitar-scene- and worked there as guitarsis, composer and teacher until his death.

He left a few guitar methods and wrote a number of works which today are for the most part forgotten.