Italian composer, music educator and luth player
|Date of birth||9 March 1869|
|Date of death||12 August 1943|
|Country of citizenship|
- Gregg Miner (updated August, 2010). Marvelous Mozzani! - The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani. HarpGuitars.net.
- M. Todd Whaley (2005-08-03). Harp Guitar History. Saint Louis, Missouri: Whaley Musical Instruments."Luigi Mozzani (1869-1943) was born in Faenza, Italy to a poor family. A local baker, who played trumpet, introduced Mozzani to music. Mozzani learned the clarinet, oboe and later the guitar. His rise to fame was swift. While touring the world he took interest in guitar making. Mozzani returned to Italy in 1899 and set up his first luthier workshop. Continuing to perform concerts throughout Europe, he was introduced to the lyre-guitars or harp guitars of Friedrich Schenck in Germany and Austria. Working with local craftsman and eventually setting up a lutherie school, Mozzani, inspired by the lyre-guitar made many wonderfully innovative instruments. In 1911, an eleven year old boy named Mario Maccaferri came to apprentice under Mozzani. After many successful years at the lutherie school he went out on his own. Maccaferri became well known for his Selmer guitar, made popular by Django Reinhardt. Most of Maccaferri's concerts were performed on a Mozzani designed lyre-guitar. "
- Luigi Mozzani (ca. 1915). [2008.356a, b] "Chitarra-Lyra a Due Bracci" model. Cento, Italy. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, since 2008, Accession Number: 2008.356a, b , ObjectID: 506052." Maker: Luigi Mozzani (Italian, Faenza 1869–1943 Rovereto) ",
" Dimensions: 33 × 17 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (83.8 × 44.4 × 6.7 cm) ",
" [Description] This unusual looking instrument was named by its maker the chitarra lyra a due bracci (double-armed lyre-guitar). It was based on the design of guitars built in the 1840s by Friedrich Schenk of Vienna. The unusual "arms" (so-called by Mozzani) join at the top around the headstock. The entire body, including the arms, are hollow.The neck is free from the body and held in place by six metal bolts (three at the heel and three at the headstock). The bolts can be reached, and adjusted, through holes in the back of the instrument. This mechanism was patented by Mozzani in 1912. "
- Chitarra-Lyra, or Harp Guitar, 1915. Guitar Heroes — Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, February 9-July 4, 2011 (blog.metmuseum.org). The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2011)."The chitarra-lyra was a type built by the luthier Luigi Mozzani in Cento in the early twentieth century. Mozzani, a noted guitarist, copied the form from the earlier builder Friedrich Schenk, who made similar instruments as early as the 1830s. This remarkable instrument has six strings over a fretted fingerboard with three open bass strings. The floating fingerboard can be adjusted with screws that are accessible from the back of the instrument. Mozzani was the instructor of the luthier Mario Maccaferri, who would later own this guitar. "
- Chitarra-Lyra, or Harp Guitar, 1915. Guitar Heroes — Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York, February 9-July 4, 2011 (blog.metmuseum.org). The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2011).
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