Anton Diabelli was a key figure in the Viennese musical scene in the first half of the 19th century. Guitarist, pianist, composer and an influent music publisher, is is best known today as the composer of the theme of the Beethoven variations op.120, aka as the Diabelli variations.
Among his guitar output (didactic works, variations, preludes, chamber music), he composed three Sonatas, the op.29. The third one, in the unusual key of F major, has a slow movement, the Andante sostenuto, in the good Haydn tradition, also used by his contemporaries, like Matiegka or Giuliani.
Now, this guitar. It's an original romantic made by Pierre Marcard, a master luthier from Mirecourt. By its features, the guitar dates from around 1830. For decades this guitar laid in a basement, getting dust, worms, abandoned in a friends house, from family inheritance. How this guitar arrived in Portugal, I only can guess. I took the guitar for a restoration. It didn't had the machine heads (knife-carved wooden pegs inserted in the holes), steel (!!!!) strings attached to old plastic (!!!!!) bridge pins and lacked some frets.
Fortunately, it didn't had serious cracks, neither structural damages. Now, after a long, long time of silence, this old lady can resume its purpose.
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