Seconda Aria Variata Fantasia di Concerto per Mandolino solo
Autor: Carlo Munier
Edición: Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch
Para: Mandolina sola
The Seconda Aria Variata is one of all together at least 350 pieces that the Florentine mandolinist and composer Carlo Munier (1859–1911) wrote throughout his life. It was probably composed after 1904 when the Prima Aria Variata was published with Maurri/Florenz. Munier – a member of the Neapolitan family of mandolin makers Vinaccia – belonged to the group of Italian musicians who contributed immensely to enlarge the repertoire for the mandolin in the second half of the 19th century. Compositions like the Seconda Aria Variata had a share in the growing role of the mandolin as concert instrument.
In the piece Munier uses various techniques to widen the purely horizontal sound of the mandolin. The theme (b. 11–29) is shaped in a cantable tremolo that focuses on a clear articulation of the melody line. In the introduction, the two variations and the coda Munier achieves effects of composing for several voices through different techniques like chord arpeggios (esp. b. 58–70 and 81–88), figures in wide intervals (Var. 1) and duo-style tremolo (b. 7–10). Through its form and techniques Munier connects the piece with traditions from the second half of the 18th century combining them with the sound of his time.