Early Romantic Guitar: The Complete Solo Works of Giulio Regondi
Performed by Jeff Lambert, guitar
Enjoy the Complete Solo Works of Giulio Regondi, an early romantic guitar performance by Jeff Lambert.
Giulio Regondi (1822 – 6 May 1872) was a Swiss-born classical guitarist, concertinist, and composer active in France and the United Kingdom.
Regondi was born in Geneva, Switzerland. His mother died at birth, and a man raised him, posing as his father. (It is unknown whether he was or was not his father. It is thought not.) Without ever knowing if blood ties connected them, he was helplessly chained to him for many years. The “father” decided early on to turn Giulio into a prodigy with whom he could earn much money. He relentlessly drove him to the guitar, locking him in his room daily for five hours at a time.
Regondi’s most important works include a set of ten etudes. He also wrote several substantial original works, including the Introduction et Caprice (Op.23) and Reverie Nocturne (Op.19). Like many of his contemporaries, Regondi composed a few variations on favorite opera themes.
“Though his music has come to light only in recent decades, Giulio Regondi was unquestionably the greatest of the 19th century composer-guitarists, the author of works that combine technical brilliance, warmth of spirit , and rich melodic invention.” Allan Kozinn, December 2022
His works for solo guitar comprise a set of etudes, variations on a theme by Bellini, and five more significant works.
Jeff Lambert joined MacPhail’s guitar faculty in 2006 and brings over 20 years of teaching experience. Jeff teaches students ages five to adult in rock and classical music. By pinpointing the goals of each of his students, he tailors his teaching to suit their needs best.
He has performed extensively as a soloist and ensemble musician. He has been awarded top prizes in guitar competitions in Minneapolis and Chicago and has released three solo CDs. He has performed with Zeitgeist, the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and the Bakken Trio and was a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (MGQ) for ten years. As a member of the MGQ, he performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and others. The group also made numerous radio and television appearances.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in music from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University.