Capriccio for oboe and piano
The fruit of an artistic friendship
Lovers of opera and ballet are familiar with the name of Amilcare Ponchielli. "La Gioconda," premiered in 1876 and revised several times afterwards, rapidly brought the composer international fame which, however, was later surpassedby his pupils Mascagni and Puccini. Among Ponchielli´s many instrumental works, his oboe pieces deserve particular attention. His friendship with the oboist Cesare Confalonieri gave rise to two worksfor oboe and piano: the "Piccolo Concertino" op. 76 and the present "Capriccio." Confalonieri was responsible for heavily arranging the first edition, which was published after the composer´s death. Thanks to this new edition by Sandro Caldini, Ponchielli´s "Capriccio" is now available for the first time as it has come down to us in the autograph.