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Zigeunerlied

(Louis Spohr)

This is an arrangement for guitar and voice of a Zigeunerlied by Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859). Spohr was a German violin player and composer who competed with Niccolo Paganini for the honour of being the greatest violinist of their days.Spohr also was a friend of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Spohr was quite successful with the organisation of music festivals. As a conductor he introduced the baton (which was feared by the members of the orchestra). As a composer he conceived a large oeuvre of orchestral and chamber music, unfortunately largely forgotten nowadays.

I worked on this song during a workshop of the Arion Foundation in Amsterdam, in which I was introduced to the rich 19th century literature for guitar and voice. I was even allowed to play some of the original instruments. Cool!

I made a score of the song for rehearsal purposes. Unfortunately I forgot the lyrics. So I made it into an arrangement for flute and guitar.