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    Default Tesoro Mio! (Ernesto Becucci, 1895), Italian waltz

    Ernesto Becucci (1845-1905): Tesoro Mio! (Valzer)
    Published in 1895 (Op. 228)

    This is a well-known Italian waltz, originally written in 1895 for piano and adapted to many other settings over the following century. The original piano score is at IMSLP and there are many recordings, old and new, on Youtube. Pasquale Troise recorded it at one of his very first Decca sessions around 1929/30 (Link) with his Selecta Plectrum Mandoline Orchestra, shortly to be renamed "Troise & His Mandoliers".

    Becucci was a popular composer of the day and this is his best-known tune. He was a contemporary of Carlo Munier in Florence, and Munier dedicated his Duettino I to Becucci.

    My recording is based on an arrangement for two mandolins and guitar published around 1910/20 by A. Paolilli's Music Co., Providence R.I., and uploaded by Sheri in her Dropbox thread. I have recorded the original mandolin parts on vintage Italian bowlback mandolins, and have added a mandocello bass line to the guitar rhythm.

    1890s Umberto Ceccherini mandolin
    1915 Luigi Embergher mandolin
    Ozark tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello



    Martin

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    Default Re: Tesoro Mio! (Ernesto Becucci, 1895), Italian waltz

    For ease of reference, here are the parts for the Paolilli arrangement I have used, as previously posted by Sheri (reduced in size from her PDF).

    Thanks again, Sheri!

    Martin
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    Default Re: Tesoro Mio! (Ernesto Becucci, 1895), Italian waltz

    Thanks, guys, nice playing - and I love this tune! Simple but lovely.

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    Ah! they don't write 'em like that any more. That first & second decade have all the jewels!

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