Dionisio Aguado by Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela, Stradivarius, 2000

Daughter of the god of war and the goddess of love, Harmony has inspired three of the most penetrating fragments of Heraclitus. The third fragment in particular, dear architects and musicians of all time, mentions: “harmony of the invisible visible is better.” I do not think the object and interest of the blog is a philosophical analysis of a simple reminiscence from the high school, but I remebered this ancient text listening to the Guitar Collection Volume 2 of the Stradivarius, Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849 ) music monography , performed with great tact and bilance by Lorenzo Micheli.

Aguado is a figure of great significance both as being the author of the Metodi, which ‘decoding on instrumental techniques ‘ for guitar are still considered highly relevant, both to understand the ‘revival’ of a fervent guitar scene that took place in the first half of Eighteen century. While the first aspect is quite known and popular, about the second one wsa missing a detailed work which this cd should cope. Aguado, unlike many of his peers, as a composer devoted himself exclusively to the guitar. “Trois Rondo”, “Le Menuet affandangado”, “Estudios” and “give account about an original writing, fresh, in many ways close to the Spanish folk tradition. Particularly interesting the Fandango varié, printed in Paris between 1835 and 1838, where Aguado performs a kind of transcription of an improvisation on the fandango’s rythm, a dance popular in the late seventeenth century, testifying once again a blend between popular and classical music.
If it is legitimate to read in the fragment of Heraclitus an analogue of the Pythagorean doctrine of the harmony of the spheres, then visible harmony would be in the phenomenal world, the invisible could be grasped only in the intelligible relations which determine the visible. The music played by Lorenzo Micheli with philological rigor with a romantic Husson guitar, Buthod et Thibouville, Paris 1850 ca. returns part of the the sense of this fragment: by itself visible, its shape conceals the intimate relationships that correlate to the chords between their guitars, bringing harmony in our daily lives.

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