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
|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|
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.
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