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  1. Minuet from “Don Giovanni”, K 527

    This Minuet from “Don Giovanni” (“Don Juan”) K 527 by Mozart has words in Estonian, written by the Estonian poetess Anna Haava (1864-1957): “Suur kontsert algab koidu aal” (Big concerto at the dawn...
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    Two jazz versions

    Here two jazz versions of two folk tunes I posted some time ago in Cafe folk forum.
    One is a Swedish waltz "Vals från Vargön"(Waltz from Vargön) from West Gothland and another is an Estonian...
  3. Re: Two German songs in honour of meadows

    Thank you! This “Spannenlanger Hansel” is really very close to it and I unlikely shouldn't have been found that song.
  4. "Tuomi on virran reunalla" ("Under the bird cherry")

    This beautiful Finnish folksong is about loneliness after the death of a loved one. It was arranged for two voices and was published in “Lemmiklaulik VII (Riho Päts) K.-Ü. "Kooli-Kooperatiivi...
  5. Poll: Re: Poll: do use use a bevel edge or round edge pick?

    I use "BlueChip TAD-1R 40". It has very smooth beveled edges and it maintains its shape for a very, very long time. In my experience about 1000 hours of playing and some more.
    Toomas Rannu
  6. Two songs from “The Magic Flute” by Mozart

    I used several sources for completing this simple arrangement of “Das klinget so herrlich/Könnte jeder brave Mann” from Mozarts “The Magic Flute” including the score of the opera and recorded this in...
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    Vals från Vargön, jazz version

    The reason why I’m posting this jazz version here, is because of the folk version of the same tune I posted about month ago, so you can compare with it.
    Making tab (PDF) is a little complicated. I...
  8. “Tuonne taakse metsämaan” (“To the woodland far away”)

    This lovely Finnish folksong was arranged for two voices and was published in “Lemmiklaulik VII (Riho Päts) (K.-Ü. "Kooli-Kooperatiivi kirjastus, Tallinn, 1938)”. Here it is played on one mandolin:...
  9. “Mamma har sagt till mig” (“Mom has told me”)

    This Swedish walse from Dalarna was arranged for two violins and was published in “Låtboken" (Utgiven av Sveriges Spelmäns Riksförbund, Falun 1998). Here it is, transcribed for one mandolin:...
  10. "Vals från Vargön" ("Walse from Vargön")

    This Swedish walse from West Gothland was published in two books: one voice in one book and one in another, both for violin. I put them together, made some changes in the low voice and here it is:...
  11. Bach: Allemande, BWV 1009 (swing version)

    This is a swing version, so a little snap on 2. and 4. beat is helpful. Thank you!
    https://youtu.be/SH6x3ZwKmGA

    Toomas Rannu
    Flat-backed mandolin, crafted by Viljar Kuusk in 2008 (Tallinn,...
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    “Viire takka”

    “Viire takka” is an Estonian folksong, a cradle song from Muhu island (by some sources). It’s about how from the horizon I see three ships approach, they all have smokestacks. The day coming to an...
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    James Oswald: Divertimento I

    Pretty often is easier to play a tune, than to describe after that, what is this I have done. So it is now. Just my version of James Oswalds Divertimento I.
    https://youtu.be/6AsUnYE59A0
  14. Bach: Partita d-Moll, BWV 1004 – Allemanda

    Sonatas and partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) by Bach is an exiting material to work on. The „Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato“ (Six Solos for Violin Without Bass Accompaniment), as...
  15. Re: Bach BWV1007, an interesting experience with an unusual audie

    Something like different interpretations of the same composition.
  16. Re: Bach BWV1007, an interesting experience with an unusual audie

    I got the permission to share the works of the artists. Three artists of the five finished their work and one lady drew her work on the basis of a video, taken by another: thats the reason why two...
  17. Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z 629. Second Act Tune: Air

    Many beautiful songs and dances are put together in this wonderful semi-opera or masque “The Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell (1692). I’d like to play them all.

    I got at least one of them arranged...
  18. Re: Bach BWV1007, an interesting experience with an unusual audie

    I haven’t seen the pictures yet. Only some unfinished sketches right after the session. The exhibition will be opened in 21.02.2020 and I hope that somehow I can share these works with you. I’m also...
  19. Bach BWV1007, an interesting experience with an unusual audience

    I’d like to share with you an interesting experience with an unusual audience. The Traditional Exhibition of Portraits at “Rakvere Galerii”, (Rakvere, Estonia) is an event what takes place every...
  20. New ideas in playing two voices on one mandolin.

    I started playing two voices on one mandolin in september 2019. Then it was music for two violins. Later I found that this technique suits perfectly for playing choir music for two voices. Here is a...
  21. German romanticism or – Two voices, one mandolin

    I travelled in Germany last summer and bought a book of sheetmusic from a second hand bookshop in Munich at first as a souvenir - simple german folksongs and tunes of composers from the romantic era...
  22. German romanticism or – Two voices, one mandolin

    I travelled in Germany last summer and bought a book of sheet music from a second hand bookshop in Munich at first as a souvenir - simple german folksongs and tunes of composers from the romantic era...
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    Re: Bach: Suite D-Dur (BWV 1007), Prelude

    Without you it would be only a fail in my computer and some shapeless thoughts in my head. You turned it into a performance and the better audience, the better performance. So thanks for all of you!...
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    Re: Bach: Suite D-Dur (BWV 1007), Prelude

    I was workin’, and still do, on first Cello suites. Each of them were too green to record yet.
    But this day was really hot. And not only because heat is not very usual in this area, but looking at...
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    Re: Bach: Suite D-Dur (BWV 1007), Prelude

    Sometimes is easyer to tune cars and trucks...
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