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    Re: 11 (eleven!) string thing?

    Not a waldzither, I think -- there definitely are 11- (and 13-) string waldzithers around in addition to the more common 9-string, but this instrument is too small and the string configuration is all...
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    Sticky: Re: Thread for Social Group MP3 posting

    Photo for my post in "Lantern in the Ditch":
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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.

    Martin
  4. 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...
  6. 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...
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    Re: the Nakano Collection

    One thing I noticed when downloading the old site some years ago, and you may have noticed as well, was that there were many more pieces available for composers with names in the first half of the...
  9. 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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    Re: the Nakano Collection

    Thanks, Hany and Jairo!

    I have now also got my password to the new site. As I made a local backup before the old site went down, I didn't expect too many surprises. However, I am pleased to see...
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    Re: Gavotte by Matthew Camidge (1758-1844)

    Matthew Camidge (1758-1844): Gavotte in A minor.
    From: Six concertos for Organ, Op. 13

    Back in 2012, this gavotte was the first of Andy Boden's many mandolin arrangements that we took up in the...
  12. Re: A. Corelli (1710): Sarabande in E minor (Op. 5, No 8), with s

    I have just made a new recording of this lovely sarabande, this time with video and without the additional mandolin harmonies -- just a duet of mandolin and tenor guitar. It's a lot of fun to play!...
  13. Re: English Country Dance tunes (David M. Brown arrangements)

    Corelli's Maggot

    During the current lockdown, I've been revisiting a number of the tunes I recorded some years ago and which I have continued playing since then. As I'm a big fan of David's...
  14. Re: Minuet in D Minor (J.S. Bach), mandolin trio (with score)

    As part of my lockdown videos, I have re-recorded this Bach minuet last weekend, this time in a more live setting (filmed myself playing the melody, then overdubbed the accompaniment). Good fun to...
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    Re: Take Your Pick

    While I was recording a Bach minuet this weekend, I remembered that one of my Ebay bowlback purchases came with a small tin of old picks -- see attached photos.

    One of them is clearly a Ranieri...
  16. A Trip To Paris/Portsmouth (English country dances)

    A Trip To Paris (Walsh, 1711) - 0:00
    Portsmouth (Playford, 1701) - 1:30

    This is a set of two early 18th century English country dances, "A Trip To Paris" published by John Walsh in 1711, and...
  17. Purcell: Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite

    This is the famous Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazer Suite, in an arrangement by Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni.

    I'm playing the piece on a vintage Italian bowlback mandolin, with accompaniment on...
  18. Re: Mazurka sentimentale (Carlo Munier, 1906)

    I am currently in the process of making new lockdown videos of some old favourites of mine. One of the tunes I've re-recorded is this Carlo Munier mazurka. For my new recording, I have first taken a...
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    Re: Two German songs in honour of meadows

    Very nice Toomas! I remember singing "Spannenlanger Hansel" with my children when they were little -- it's one of those songs I learned from my own mother as a child. Here is the German Wikipedia...
  20. Re: Tin Pan Alley/Ragtime songs from Evelyn's Tunebook

    Following my initial home recordings of Evelyn's Tin Pan Alley arrangements last year, we have played them at almost every one of our weekly mandolin gatherings -- they're really great fun!

    As...
  21. Re: Duet No. 9 for mandolin & tenor guitar (G.G. Gastoldi, 1598)

    Thanks, Rob! I agree these renaissance duets are good fun -- there are quite a few of them, by different composers, but Gastoldi's are among the most satisfying. I also recorded Morley's "There Was...
  22. Duet No. 9 for mandolin & tenor guitar (G.G. Gastoldi, 1598)

    Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi (1549-1609): Il primo libro della musica a due voci (1598)
    Bicinium No. 9

    This is the ninth out of twenty duets for non-specified instruments, published by G.G. Gastoldi...
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    Re: Waldzither string guages

    I have two waldzithers, a 9-string and a 10-string. The 9-string has a slightly longer scale and I tune it GDAEA most of the time, but sometimes retune to FCGDA or GDAEB -- no restringing required. ...
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    Re: Ave Maria (Vavilov, attr. Caccini)

    Thanks, Rob. After uploading the new video, I changed my old video from 2014 to "private" in Youtube, which is why you saw that message. Ssjk managed to sneak in to watch it just before I changed,...
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    Re: Ave Maria (Vavilov, attr. Caccini)

    Further to my old 2014 recording in the original post above (which now sounds rather plodding to my ears), I have today revisited the Nakano arrangement of this piece as part of my current lockdown...
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