The romantic guitar in all its splendour.
— Guitare classique Magazine, 2016

The Napoleonian Guitar

A Concert of french romantic music on a period instrument

During the first half of the 19th century, “Guitaromanie” was at its height in the French capital. Whether for Fernando Sor’s new fantasia or Louis-Ange Carpentras’s arrangements of operas, the French were very fond of new guitar works. Thanks to its clarity, precision, richness, and diversity, in addition to its dramatic twists and turns, Parisian music still charms us today.

The Romantic Guitar in Vienna


Pascal Valois invites you to experience Vienna's salon music scene of the 1800s. He presents large-scale works such as the Hungarian Fantasy op. 65 by Johan Kaspar Mertz and the Sonata op. 15 by Mauro Giuliani, as well as Mertz's beautiful miniatures based on Franz Schubert' lieder, among which the sublime Lied Ohne Worte from Bardenklange op. 13 (Bards' Music). The concert is performed with a replica of a guitar from Vienna's famous luthier, Johann Georg Stauffer. This performance allows spectators to plunge into the exhilarating and distinguished musical universe of Viennese Romantic guitar.

The Art of Playing
Romantic Guitar

A Workshop on Improvisation, Ornamentation and the
Performance of Romantic Music.

Alumni of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and PhD holder Pascal Valois invites to a workshop dedicated to the performance of romantic music on the guitar.

 The guitar music of the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century remains the cornerstone of today’s repertoire for classical guitarists. Among the most well-known guitarist from this period we find the Italians Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) and Mauro Giuliani (1781 1829), and the Spaniards Fernando Sor (1778 1839) and Dionisio Aguado (1784 1848). However, the performance practice of that time diverges in many regards with the "modern" manner of playing the guitar. The aim of the workshop is to introduce guitarists to the interpretation of classic and romantic music as it was conceived in the 18th and the 19th centuries. It includes a commented PowerPoint presentation of musical examples and iconography and a display of period instruments.

Valois played with grace, elegance, and élan. His phrasing was similarly remarkable, as he imbued each melody with a beautiful vocal quality. It was light, effortless, and full of spirit.
— Giacomo Fiore,
Pascal is an engaging musician with clear lyric inspiration and a sense of poetry that can bring the logic and expression of the romantic music he plays to perfection.
— Hopkinson Smith
Pascal Valois and his instrument are united in an absolutely masterful and rigorous delivery.
— Journal Le Métropolitain de Toronto