Has anyone come across an arrangement of this lovely, sentimental piece?
I have seen large guitar ensembles perform it, I think there are versions for two guitars, and most certainly arrangements for
flute or violin and guitar, but nothing in solo form.
If anyone has met such a page, I'd love to do the same.
Several years ago I made an effort to find solo guitar arrangements of Toselli’s Serenata. In 2005, I posted the results in the usenet group rec.music.classical.guitar, as follows:
I know that at least six such arrangements have been published: by (1) Jose de Azpiazu, (2) Nicodemo Casuscelli, (3) Alvaro Dalmar, (4) Vicente
Gascon, (5) O. Mori, and (6) Alfredo Scupinari. All are out of print except perhaps (1).
- I found (1) in a small town library here. But I wonder if Mr. Azpiazu seriously meant it to be playable. I do not think it is, at least not musically.
- I emailed to the publisher of (2), Ricordi Americana BA, to inquire about it, but was not able to elicit any response. Found a copy of it later in a music second-hand shop in Stockholm. This is a tremolo arrangement, well done and impressive if someone can play it smoothly. I cannot, the passages between 11th and 17th frets, across all strings - none open - I do not seem to be able to master.
- a copy of (3) turned out to exist in the library of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and they let me photocopy it. A tremolo arrangement also, less impressive than (2), but more playable. This is my preferred one, until I find something "better".
- a research library in the US has a copy of (4), but the arrangement is still under copyright, and it is their policy not to sell photocopies of such work.
- Sean Winkler replied to my query that he has (5) and (3). Rather than asking him for a copy of (5), I have tried more "official" avenues.
- I have not been able to locate (6).
Since that time, this has happened:
- I have acquired (4). The Library of Helsinki University obtained it for me from some library in Australia. It is an arrangement for 1 or 2 guitars, but half of the second guitar part was somehow lost in transit. This is a tremolo arrangement, drop D.
- while browsing the web, I stumbled upon (7) an arrangement by Valery Agababov, in a russian-language collection of famous serenades. A reasonably well done and playable arrangement, in A.
- I noticed that Giuseppe Torrisi, who occasionally posts in this forum, has made an arrangement (8). This is perhaps the most interesting that I have seen so far. Google his name to get to his site.