By this time, many guitar manufacturers from the Far East had 10 years experience under their belts, and the improvement in quality began to shine through.Univox, Kawai, Silvertone and Domino were starting to deliver guitars that – from a price / quality point of view – were beginning to eat into the markets that Fender and Gibson dominated.In fact, it was his first major composition for twelve years, and the last such he would ever attempt.It was commissioned in 1831 by Don Francisco Fernandez Varela, Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III.They share with the cantatas the overall mixture of recitatives, arias, choruses and chorales (or hymns), but they also have an underlying narrative flavour which links them to the genre's origins as a semi-dramatic treatment of a sacred subject.In the Christmas and Ascension oratorios in particular this is made explicit by the presence, as in Bach's Passions, of an 'Evangelist' in the form of a tenor soloist singing lines from the Gospels.Towards the end of the 1970’s, Fender and Gibson were loosing market share.
The aria's music is lively and witty in the outer sections, imparting a zany sort of character, especially in the theme's closing phrases, sung to the words "andate a studiar." In the middle section there is a sort of buffoonish and comically harried quality to the music, as the connoisseur on courting, Monsieur Girò, confidently lectures his student, Don Pompeo, on the pitfalls of marriage.
I could not wait to go out and buy a UNIVOX Les Paul for 1/5th the price of the real thing!
Damn, it was so inexpensive that I could almost afford to smash it on stage! But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
This was the period of the four short 'Lutheran' Masses and the Kyrie and Gloria of the B minor Mass, all of which, like the three oratorios, adapted previous compositions to a new purpose in a time-honoured method often referred to as 'parody'.
The advantages were not just the saving of time and composing effort, but also the salvaging of music that would otherwise have largely gone to waste.