On the website http://www.justclassicalguitar.com/vpmusicmedia/biblioteca.php I have found the sheet music for the famous Serenade Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli for mandolin and guitar.
Biography of Enrico Toselli on the website of the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/a3856768-44f6-4209-a8c4-4d70adff516d
and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Toselli
Enrico Toselli (March 13, 1883 Florence – January 15, 1926 Florence) was an Italian pianist and composer. He studied the piano with Giovanni Sgambati and composition with Giuseppe Martucci and Reginaldo Grazzini. At a very early age he started on a brilliant career as a concert pianist in Italy, the principal European capitals and also in Alexandria and North America. Later he settled in Florence, teaching and composing, while still appearing frequently on the concert platform. He composed a number of songs, of which the Serenata ‘Rimpianto’ Op.6 No.1 was the most popular. He also wrote two operettas, La cattiva Francesca (1912) and La principessa bizzarra (1913).
Although a successful performer and composer, Toselli’s prodigious fame was largely due to the international scandal occasioned by his marriage to the former Crown Princess of Saxony, Her Imperial and Royal Highness the Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany in 1907. She had previously deserted her husband, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, years earlier. Toselli and the Archduchess’ marriage was not a happy one, and they separated in 1912. They had one son together, Carlo Emanuele Toselli (7 May 1908 – 1969). Toselli used his fame as the ex-husband of such an illustrious woman to good effect by writing a successful book of memoirs, Mari d’altesse: 4 ans de mariage avec Louise de Toscane, ex-princesse de Saxe.
On the website http://luiseoftuscany.yolasite.com/enrico-toselli.php you can find three historical postcards from the wedding of Toselli with Countess Montignoso (Luise).
The Serenade by Toselli is played frequently until today, and there are many youtube videos of this piece available, including instrumental versions for different instruments and songs in many languages. Famous ingers like Benjamino Gigli, Perry Como, Rudolf Schock, Richard Tauber, Jose Carreras, Mario Lanza have sung the Serenade.
Let’s start with a historical recording played by the violinist Jan Bleumers:
SERENATA – TOSELLI. PLAYED BY JAN BLEUMERS AND PIERRE PALLA. 78RPM PHILIPS.
THIS IS THE SPECIAL LIVE RECORDING OF JAN BLEUMERS PLAYING THIS BEAUTIFUL SERENADE BY TOSELLI ON THE GRAMOPHONE. THE GRANDSONS WERE ASTOUNDED TO HEAR THAT THEIR GRANDPA WAS ON YOUTUBE. THIS IS THE BEST VERSION OF SERENATA I HAVE EVER HEARD!!
LIFE GRAMOPHONE GIVES MORE DETAILS AND SHARPER TONES!
A great version for guitar ensemble with two solo guitars:
VCU Guitar Ensemble performs Serenade, Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli
The VCU Guitar Ensemble performs Serenade, Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli in concert on May1, 2011 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The arrangement is by John Patykula. The soloists are Nathan Mills and Hannah Standiford. The ensemble is directed by John Patykula.
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