Marco Musso plays Capricho No. 20 by Tedesco

Marco Musso plays Capriccio No. 20 ‘Obsequio a el Maestro’ from 24 Caprichos de Goya op. 195. by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (1895–1968). This comes via Siccas Guitars and their great YouTube channel. Nice to be introduced to the playing of Marco Musso, a young but very accomplished player. You can learn more about him at his bio page. Tedesco wrote a significant amount of music for the guitar and we are lucky to have had such a great and reputable composer in our corner.

You can see all 24 of Goya’s images and a write via this Naxos page. This is an except: “Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco selected 23 pictures from Goya’s Caprichos, and a further etching in similar style, as inspiration for an extended sequence of guitar solos, completing the work in 1961. The following notes present possible interpretations of Goya’s images (many of which are profoundly ambiguous and function at various symbolic and ironic levels of meaning), as well as descriptions of the music accompanying each picture (the number of the relevant plate is shown in brackets). In Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 24 Caprichos de Goya, Op. 195, the composer allows his own imagination and artistic instincts to shape his individual response to each work of art rather than following any facile programmatic patterns.”

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