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  1. On The Hills Of Manchuria (I.A. Shatrov, 1906)

    Ilya Alekseevich Shatrov (1879-1952): На сопках Маньчжурии / On The Hills Of Manchuria
    Arranged for mandolins by Evelyn Tiffany-Castilgioni.

    This popular Russian waltz was written in 1906 to...
  2. Maienzeit bannet Leid (Neidhart von Reuental, c. 1220)

    We don't often post about the "medieval" part of this forum's title.

    Neidhart von Reuental (c. 1190 - c. 1237) was one of the most famous German minnesingers (troubadours), and the one who left...
  3. Re: 6 Madrigals for 3 voices - Thomas Bateson c. 1570 - 1630

    I've been revisiting some of my old recordings this year, with a different recording technique better reflecting the live performance. "Your Shining Eyes And Golden Hair" has been a favourite of...
  4. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Coming late to this discussion. I have considerable experience with Ceccherini mandolins -- there are two of them in my avatar, and I have bought and sold several more. Wonderful instruments, and...
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    Re: Tango delle rose (from "Casablanca")

    Further to my 2016 recording of this famous tango, here is a simpler arrangement on just mandolin and tenor guitar.

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  6. Re: Santa Lucia, mandolin quartet (with score)

    I'm re-recording some of my old stuff at the moment. Here is Santa Lucia, this time with more rubato than my 2016 recording and more of a "live" feeling. Same arrangement.

    1890s Umberto...
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    Re: To A Wild Rose (E. MacDowell, 1896)

    During the current on-off lockdown, I have been re-recording some of the arrangements that we normally play during our weekly mandolin gatherings. Here is another one I did over the weekend,...
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    Re: Vieni Sul Mar (Neapolitan Song)

    I have been re-recording some of the tunes from our group repertoire in a more "live" setting for the past few months. Here is "Vieni sul mar", using the arrangement from the PDF I posted in 2014 in...
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    Torna a Surriento (arr. Evelyn)

    Ernesto de Curtis (1875-1937): Torna a Surriento (Come Back To Sorrento)
    Arranged by Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    This is one of the classic Neapolitan songs, recorded by everybody. Somewhat...
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    Re: Mandolin and two violins

    Thanks Eugene -- I really like that interpretation by Artemandoline, although I only came across it after recording my own quite different (and considerably less virtuosic) version of the Arrigoni...
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    Re: Mandolin and two violins

    If you're looking for mixed mandolin/violin repertoire, I am fond of this Sonata for mandolin, violin and basso by Carlo Arrigoni, which may work if you can adapt the basso part to be played by one...
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    Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    Just received from the British BMG Federation Committee:

    "Saturday 10th October marks the 10th anniversary of the late, great British mandolin maestra Alison Stephens and you are invited to join...
  13. Re: Summer Suite, August, 2020 for Octave Mandolin or Mandocello

    Thank you very much for the new Summer Suite, John!

    I've just finished an initial read-through on mandocello, and like its two predecessors it's great fun to play. I still need to get my head...
  14. Re: Alison Stephens: Con Espressione availability

    I don't know if the album is still available but wanted to add to Eugene's voice that it's a wonderful recording, probably my favourite album of Alison's. The unaccompanied solo setting really gave...
  15. Ch. Avison: Allegro ma grazioso, Baroque trio sonata

    Charles Avison (1709-1770): Trio Sonata in E minor, Op. 1, No. 5 (c. 1736)
    4. Allegro ma grazioso

    Arranged by Alfred Moffat, 1910. Score from IMSLP:
  16. Re: Mandocello solo and duo recordings playlist

    I haven't updated my mandocello playlist for a while. Here are three solo mandocello videos I made since lockdown started in March:

    Saraband (William Lawes, 1602-1645):

    March of the King...
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    Re: Saraband by William Lawes

    Thanks, Barry! Following your suggestion, I got my mandocello out and have played this Lawes saraband using John's fingering but transposed down to A minor. You are right that this works really well...
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    Re: Saraband by William Lawes

    Thanks, John!

    The score and parts I used for my recording are from the wonderful collection of viol music that Albert Folop transcribed many years ago, orginally for the Icking Archive which is...
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    Re: Saraband by William Lawes

    Very nice, John! Lawes was court composer for Charles I, and was a very interesting composer, very different from the Tudor/renaissance composers before him or the high baroque of Purcell after him....
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    Re: 9 string ID

    Check out the master of the English guittar, our Cafe member Rob MacKillop:

    The instrument he's playing in this video is dated c. 1765, i.e. contemporaneous with the painting.

  21. La Festa Splendora (Joh. B. Kok), concert ouverture

    Joh. B. Kok (1889-1954): La Festa Splendora, Op. 132

    This is a concert ouverture written in the 1930s by Dutch mandolin pioneer Johan Kok. It's been in our repertoire for more than ten years and...
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    Re: the Nakano Collection

    When you click on the link for "Nakano Collection" (third menu option on the top line of the page, above the thick purple line), you get to the alphabetical index. If you can't find it, the direct...
  23. Re: Michael P Smith, songwriter of "This Old Mandolin", has passe

    That's very sad news. Michael Smith was a great songwriter, not just for The Dutchman but for many other songs that never became hits. The 2-for-1 CD of his two solo albums for Flying Fish was on...
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    Re: French Folk / Fiddle Tunes

    I've been playing a lot of the tunes from this book lately, posting them in the Song-A-Week social group. As the site has been down for some time now, it may be useful to have the original PDF...
  25. Re: Carlo Munier (1906): Mazurka Allegra (with score)

    This piece is another of Munier's mazurkas that I have now revisited in lockdown (after "Mazurka sentimentale"). Since my earlier 2015 recording, a better scan of the same published score has...
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