Francesco Molino (1768-1847) biography

Francesco Molino was an Italian musician and composer, born at Ivrea near Turin on 4 June 1768. At the age of fifteen, in 1783, he enrolled in the band of the Piedmont Regiment as an oboist, a post which he resigned in 1793.  Also in this period, from 1786 to 1789, he played the viola in the orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin. Then from 1814 to 1818 he was employed in the royal chapel in Turin. (We do not yet know where he spent the period between 1793 and 1814.) By 1817 he had published two guitar methods (they are in Whistling’s Handbuch for that year). Then in about 1820 he moved to Paris where he was very active as a teacher and composer, until his death there in 1847.  He wrote two violin concertos, of which the second was dedicated to Kreutzer; one guitar concerto, op. 56; many works for guitar with other instruments; and many guitar solos.

The details above about Turin come from the preface by Mario Dell’Ara to the Tecla edition of Molino’s op. 3.  See also his article “Luigi, Valentino, e Francesco Molino”, Il Fronimo, no. 50, January 1985.

The following chamber works by Molino for flute or violin, viola and guitar are now available from Tecla Editions, edited by Brian Jeffery in modern re-engraved editions, score and parts, supplied in digital form:

Three Trios op. 4

Grand Trio Concertante op. 30

Second Grand Trio Concertante op. 45

Copyright 2009 by Tecla Editions. Errors and omissions excepted.