A Visual History of the Romantic Guitar, TU Dublin Conservatoire, Grangegorman

About this event

A lecture recital on the evolution of the guitar during the 19th century by Adrian Le Harivel, curator of British Art at National Gallery of Ireland. Adrian Le Harivel is an expert in the field of art history and has a passion for exploring the connection between music and visual representation. He will guide on a journey through the evolution of the guitar by showcasing the visual representation of the instrument in paintings from the 19th century. Not only will we get to see the organological modification of the guitar during this time, but we will also gain insight into the social context in which the instrument was played. This will be a truly unique and engaging experience, bringing to life the history of the guitar through the visual arts.

In collaboration with TouchTheSound project, TU Dublin students and researchers will be performing pieces from the period on original guitars or modern copies of the ones represented in the paintings. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the music that was played during this time and to see how it has evolved over the years.


TU Dublin junior guitar quartet


Duo Savigni

Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

Due rondò op. 68

Fernando Sor 

Les Adieux op.21

Kian Beatty

Mauro Giuliani 

Tarantella al Signor Lanza WoO

Jamie Gogan and Kian Beatty, guitars

Johann Kaspar Mertz 

Opern Revue op.8 on Balfe 

Austin Daly

Johann Kaspar Mertz

An Malvina 

Sebastian Zielinski 

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)/Josephine Piantine (1819-1903) 

Mazurka op. 40

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) 

(trascr. E.Savigni)


Duo Savigni, fortepiano and guitar