( Louis Spohr )
This is an arrangement for guitar duo 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 guitar duo.