|Zani de Ferranti, Marco Aurelio (1802-1878)|
After A.T. Huerta, the most distinguished European guitarist to tour America was the Italian Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti (1802-1878), who toured the country with Paganini’s protégé Camillo Sivori in 1846. Zani de Ferranti, who also was renowned as a poet, was a composer, a highly regarded concert guitarist and the Court Guitarist to the King of Belgium. According to Philip J. Bone, “The difficulties which he mastered with ease upon his instrument were inexecutable [sic] by other guitarists.” Zani de Ferranti’s clearly tailored his performances to meet the expectations of his American audiences: his program included a fantasy on “Yankee Doodle,” the minstrel show favorite, “Lucy Long,” and the “Star Spangled Banner,” “with new harmonies and effects, to crown the whole” according to one reviewer.
Copyright 2009, David K. Bradford