PC music professor Dr. James Buckland will perform rare and unpublished guitar works of 19th-century musician Niccolo Paganini on Monday, Nov. 4. "A Paganini Portrait” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Edmunds Hall on the PC campus.
“Paganini is highly regarded as a violinist, but it is less well known that the guitar was his chosen instrument in his private musical life,” Buckland said. “He composed well over 100 works, solo and chamber music, that used the guitar, many of which remain unpublished to this day.”
The recital is a culmination of Buckland’s research of Paganini's own handwritten compositional manuscripts that reside in the collection of the Biblioteca Casatense in Italy.
Buckland is a luthier (instrument builder) specialist in authentic reproductions of historic 19th-century guitars. He will perform on his own instruments.
An artwork exhibit depicting Paganini and the guitar as it existed at the time will accompany the performance. Watercolor renderings from Nova Scotia-based artist Steven Buckland, James’ brother, will be displayed onstage to add a presence.
Audience members can look at the works more closely before and after the performance. A reception will be held afterward.
The event is open to the public with free admission.