Giuseppe Silvestri

Giuseppe Silvestri (1841-1921) was an Italian classical composer and mandolin virtuoso. He is principally remembered today for his role as a mandolinist and for his composition Serenade d'Autrefois (Serenata medioevale or Serenade of Olden Times). He was a celebrated teacher of the mandolin in Naples and Paris, and became popular enough to get the criticism that he was causing Parisians to leave the piano for the mandolin.

His fame spread after the Paris Exhibition of 1878, in which he performed to enthusiastic crowds and reviews. One review said that he made the mandolin produce sounds that resembled those made with the violin, and in other hands the instrument sounded "meagre."

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1841, Died January 1st, 1921

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18909 10-in. 12/18/1916 Serenata Silvestri Neapolitan Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor BVE-18909 10-in. 11/22/1926 Serenata Silvestri Neapolitan Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor B-24209 10-in. 6/29/1920 Elvira Orchestrina Napoletana [i.e., Cibelli's Neapolitan Orchestra] Instrumental sextet composer  
Victor B-24211 10-in. 6/29/1920 Le violette Orchestrina Napoletana [i.e., Cibelli's Neapolitan Orchestra] Instrumental sextet composer  
Victor B-25047 10-in. 4/21/1921 Patria mia Orchestrina Napoletana [i.e., Cibelli's Neapolitan Orchestra] Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor B-30082 10-in. 5/14/1924 Serenata medioevale Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with flute and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-30082 10-in. 10/19/1927 Sérénade d'autrefois Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-41647 10-in. 1/25/1928 Il portavoce valzer Italian String Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 58979 10-in. either 1917 or 1918 Serenata di Silvestri A. de Vivo ; P. Eliseo Guitar and mandolin duet composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Silvestri, Giuseppe," accessed September 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113420.

Silvestri, Giuseppe. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113420.

"Silvestri, Giuseppe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113420

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