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Feb-02-2011, 2:17pm
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Raffaele Calace Method for Mandolin in English

Raffaele Calace Method for Mandolin, the essential treatise from the master of Neopolitan mandolin technique is now made accessible to the English-speaking student thanks to the work of Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg.


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Jim Garber
Feb-02-2011, 3:03pm
Excellent news!! Long time coming.

Feb-02-2011, 3:36pm
I second Jim's comment.

Feb-03-2011, 3:40am
I must get a copy of this!


Mike Black
Feb-03-2011, 10:03am
By looking at the picture on the cover of Raffaele Calace holding a Mandolin. He must have been a very small guy. :)

Jim Garber
Feb-03-2011, 10:11am
Those liuto cantabiles are monsters. The Munier Orchestra in Philadelphia have a Calace liuto. The neck is more than a baseball bat -- more like a bridge cable.

Feb-03-2011, 10:49am
By looking at the picture on the cover of Raffaele Calace holding a Mandolin. He must have been a very small guy. :)

I thought the same thing when I saw the photo..... Somewhere on the MC is a picture of Alex T playing a liuto cantabile (not certain of the maker). It is huge.


Jim Garber
Feb-03-2011, 10:52am
I was going to post a picture of RC and his liuto but you can't post pictures on these newsfetcher threads.

Feb-03-2011, 10:58am


is the instrument in question (i.e. the one played by Alex, of course, not Calace himself).

QUITE impressive!



Feb-03-2011, 11:11am
Wonderful, Victor, both the composition and the playing. The accompanying text from Alex is very informative as well. I did not know this was a Puglisi instrument...... The Sicilian makers are usually overshadowed by those from the peninsula. Of course they made instruments across a wide range of quality levels. I have owned a few and am a big fan of their very eclectic design sensibilities. Big props to the family from Catania. I hope this helps raise them further up into the radar screen.


Jim Garber
Feb-03-2011, 11:14am
Pictures of the Calace liuto from (I think) 1920s can be found here:


Feb-03-2011, 1:02pm
Wonderful, Victor, both the composition and the playing.

Thank you, my friend! Indeed, the playing is nothing short of ASTOUNDING, especially considering that I wrote this piece for dear Ali, to be played on her "Beast", ~merely~ a lil' old octave-mandolin ;-)

And, speaking of the radar screen, I would absolutely LOVE to write something expressly for this magnificent instrument, but of course that takes pragmatically a lower priority to those pieces for... *ahem*... somewhat more abundant instruments.

An absolutely GLORIOUS plucky thing, all the same... What would I/we not give to have heard Raffaele the Great actually play that liuto! Perhaps his works for it can be revived, and more frequently heard.