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Philomele Editions publish music for and with guitar in modern, critical editions, the focus of interest being centered on chamber music and on the first half of the 19 Philomele Editions publish music for and with guitar in modern, critical editions, the focus of interest being centered on chamber music and on the first half of the 19th century. Every volume contains a comprehensive introduction in English, German and French, and, if necessary, a revision account. Chamber music comes with a score and parts, special attention being given to readability and page turns.
Philomele was the name of the nightingale in the antique mythology, the patron of the singers. According to the original tale belonging to the inexhaustible pool of antique mythologic horror stories, Philomele, a Greek princess, was saved in extremis by Apollon from the ire of her royal brother-in-law Teres. To protect her, Apollon changed her into a nightingale, and her sister Prokne into a swallow. More details can be found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The -1 illustrationdepicts Philomele and her brother-in-law Teres, trying to cut off her tongue. Since that time Philomele is often referred to in poems dealing with music or singing
Priorities of Philomele Editions include discovering of the works of the late romantic Viennese composer -2 Ferdinand Rebay tracing the biography of -3 Joseph Kreutzer and the publication of Anton Diabelli’s unknown works for and with guitar. Other accents of Philomele’s activities are on promoting uncommon instrumental combinations in guitar chamber music (as clarinet and guitar or viola and guitar), and editing the romances and melodies of the forgotten Geneva composer François Grast (1803-2003). More recent discoveries include the stunning Iberian guitarist Leopoldo de Urcullu, the guitar concerto of Wilhelm Ferdinand Rong (1759-1842) and the publication(with Stefan Hackl and Gerhard Penn) of two Concertinos for terz guitar and string orchestra by Johann Padowetz.
Chamber music prevails on music for solo guitar, for the reasons magisterially explained by Mattayana Ophee (Repertoire Issues). Philomele intends to advantage original compositions and limit transcriptions which are supposed not to exceed 20 % of the editorial program. This is in opposition to many actual publishing catalogues which come close to the inverse proportion.
-1 Ovid, Metamorphosen Weigant und Feierabend, Nürnberg, 1536
-2 Ferdinand Rebay, Forgotten Brahms Epigone or major guitar composer? Johann Gaitzsch, Soundboard, March 2004
-3 So who is this Joseph Kreutzer? Johann Gaitzsch, Soundboard, April 2006