19th Century Guitars / The early romantic guitar period from 1790 to 1850

Herman Vandecauter  Brussels           Contact:  hvandecauter@gmail.com

The guitars I use are a 
 wonderful guitar  made by "Petitjean L'Ainé", one of the best  guitar makers in Mirecourt +/- 1820 France
and a nice "Louis Panormo" replica made by Scot  Tremblay.

Without a shadow of doubt no modern classical guitars can come close to the sound and character of those early 19th guitars played with an appropriate technique. 

They are the Cohiba from the Havana cigars, the Baron Rothschild of the wines and the addictive Allure perfume from Chanel!  

"La Guitare à Valencienne" et info en Français!

 replica Panormo guitar 1835 made by http://scottremblayguitars.com/

YouTube Video

Trinidad Francisco Huerta married with Angiolina Panormo daughter of Louis Panormo.

Andante & allegro from the dark eyed Angiolina Panormo daughter of Luis Panormo played on a Luis Panormo replica

The main difference with classical guitar?
     - Very sweet sound
     - Different strings gut or nylgut and low tension. Who wants to play on plastic strings any longer?
     - Other playing position which has an impact on the sound as well.
     - No dominant or overwhelming bass notes 
     - No apoyando playing but closer to the lute like plucking style.
      - Less parasite noises from strings due to lower tension and softer materials.

On the program:
Fernando Sor, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Guiliani, Francesco Molino, Luigi Legnani ..........
But also original duets for guitar & wooden Böhm flute together with Anja de Grauw.

 Russian19th century 7 string guitar 


   This is a romantic guitar in Chinot style. On the etching Molino's best student 
                                                                               Natalie Houzé


 This is an original 19th century capotasto for romantic guitars!

Marchal Mirrecourt a very early French 6 stringed guitar (need some restoration)

Before the Romantic guitar

1770 till  1800 was a transition period. From 5 course baroque guitar to 6 course guitar and then  the 6 single stringed guitar

17th century 5 course baroque guitar