Recently I have made a scan of a guitar method by Eduard Bayer and added it to my score catalogue at musicaneo.com.
Eduard Bayer was a guitar virtuoso and composer of the 19th century. He played a special guitar with 10 strings, an early version of the harp-guitar. I have found the following video of a performance of the Souvenir d’Amour by Eduard Bayer played by Brian Torosian on a reproduction of a guitar like the one played by Eduard Bayer:
Brian Torosian performs Bayer’s Souvenir d’amour on 10-string Harp Guitar
Dr. Brian Torosian performs “Souvenir d’amour (Fantasie Brillante), Op. 22” by Eduard Bayer (1822-1908) on an R. E. Brune reproduction of a classic 1850’s Scherzer 10-string harp guitar at the 8th Harp Guitar Gathering November 13, 2010.
I believe this is the first-ever recording of this virtuoso harp guitar piece.
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Some notes about the life of Edward Bayer can be found in the famous book “The Guitar and Mandolin” by Bone (click any image to open gallery):
The guitar method does also contain some notes and reviews (in German) – here is the cover and the notes from my scan of the guitar method – (click any image to open gallery):
Another source for information about Eduard Bayer is the book “Materialien zu einer Geschichte der Guitarre und ihre Meister mit Abbildungen von Eduard Fack. Berlin 1884.” (in German). The PDF is available from the Website of the luthier Martin Hurrtig. (http://www.lautenbau-leipzig.de/projekte.html)
Free Sheet Music by Eduard Bayer in the Danish Royal Library:
Bayer, Eduard Sechs Ländler: für zwei Guitarren, Op. 37.
Bayer, Eduard Souvenir d’amour: fantaisie brillante pour la guitarre seule à 10 ou 6 cordes, Op. 22 / par Ed. Bayer
Bayer, Eduard Souvenir d’Ems: 6 Laendler pour deux guitarres, Op. 23. / par Ed. Bayer
Bayer, Eduard Le repertoire du guitarriste / composés par Ed. Bayer: morceaux modernes et non difficiles ; cah. 1
Bayer, Eduard Sechs Ländler: für zwei Guitarren, Op. 37