David Norton wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:10 am
Google up "John B Coupa" and his Theme & Variations is available online.
I did that and found a version by Steve Waechter, who seems to play it flawlesly. I had never heard of this composer; my first thought was "yup, this is classical." It sounded strangely familiar in a pedagogic way.
A brief search turned up a little information about the composer. He as born in Spain. Some reference had him living in Boston, and perhap he did at one time. But here is a interesting bit of history that I found at 12fret.com where there is a picture of a Martin/Coupa guitar ca 1840 in pristine condition.
'...John Coupa is mentioned many times in the 1830’s sales books. He was a guitar teacher who had guitars made with Martin & Coupa on the label at least through 1851. During this period, Martin’s “showroom” at 385 Broadway was actually Coupa’s teaching studio. As late as 1881, Coupa’s name appeared in Martin advertisements as one of the “best solo players ever known” who preferred to use Martins...'