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    John Goodin: Autumn Suite , November 2020
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    It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of John Goodin last week. John was a good musical friend, a constant inspiration, and offered great support to my (sometimes fumbling) attempts at playing his music. Over the years, I have recorded 49 of his compositions on my channel. I have been revisting some old favourites and some of his newer compositions this week in his memory.

    Over the past couple of years, John wrote four seasonal suites for solo mandocello (or octave mandolin). This was the fourth suite to complete the set. There are five movements, of which I have recorded the first two in this video. The score and John's own recording (on OM) are here:

    https://somanytunes.blogspot.com/202...ndolin-or.html

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    I am sure many of us join you in this sense of loss; Thank you for posting and promoting John's music. And thank you for your contributions to mandocello repertoire, I have included your work in my CMSA Mandocello presentations and will do so again at this year's Convention in the Clouds.
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    Here is another tune for my mandocello playlist.

    "Song Of The Chanter" (or "The Chanter's Tune"), Irish pipe march

    I'm playing the tune five times through on the mandocello. After the first repeat, I add tenor guitar arpeggios over the chord progression from Allan Alexander's book "Celtic Music for Mandolin". For repeats 3 and 4 I add Allan's first variation of the tune as a discant counter melody on mandolin.

    The tune is normally considered to be in D Mixolydian, but my accompaniment is in D Dorian instead (i.e. F naturals rather than F sharps). Makes no difference to the tune itself as it does not contain any F (whether sharp or natural). It has a distinctly renaissance feel played this way.

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    Martin, I want you to know I sang your praises at the CMSA Mandocello in the 21st Century session last night. I told a group of 20-some players that no one has posted more--and a greater variety of music for mandocello. I included your website in my packet of materials along with pages and pages of new music. Thank you for your contributions, and let's keep promoting this wonderful instrument.
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    Thanks for the kind words, Jim -- hope the session went well!

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    Thomas Ravenscroft (1611): "Remember O Thou Man"

    This is a Christmas carol written by Thomas Ravenscroft (c.1592-1635), published in his collection Melismata in 1611. My instrumental version includes all four voices of the original 1611 choral arrangement, starting with solo mandocello, then the mandolin taking over the melody, and then second mandolin and octave mandolin filling in the harmonies.

    I first heard this tune as part of Richard Thompson's "1000 Years Of Popular Music" show, and my interpretation is coloured by his -- there is a wide range of different ways of performing this carol, mostly much slower than I do.

    I've used Steve Hendrick's transcription (which is note-for-note identical to Ravenscroft's original):

    https://sca.uwaterloo.ca/sca/Hendric...s/remember.pdf

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    1898 Giuseppe Vinaccia mandolin (Alto verses 3-4)
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    https://youtu.be/MeFojLhnTtU

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    I really enjoy your playing and I thank you for sharing with the world something that is not seen in everyday life.

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    Thanks Lucinda(lin) -- mandocello is a fun instrument, and it's nice to have an alternative voice.

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    My Ladie Laudian's Lilt (from the Straloch Lute Manuscript, 1627)
    Setting by Allan Alexander & Jessica Walsh


    This is an arrangement of a well-known Scottish renaissance lute piece, which appears in two of the most important Scottish renaissance music sources, the Straloch Manuscript and the Skene Manuscript. My arrangement is based on chords and a variation taken from "Celtic Music for Mandolin" by Allan Alexander & Jessica Walsh. They intended the variation to be played after the tune, to make it longer, but I've used it as a second voice.

    Placed as a trio of mandocello, nylgut-strung bowlback mandolin (very similar to the mandore or soprano lute, which was the instrument for which the Skene manuscript was written) and tenor guitar -- accompaniment instruments picturesquely displayed at the door to my left...

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    https://youtu.be/7nMAEFhGsMA

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    Thoinot Arbeau: Branle des pois (Pease Branle)
    From Orchésographie, 1589
    Variations by Allan Alexander, from "Music For Renaissance Faires"


    This is a very short renaissance dance tune, for which Allan Alexander has written three variations. I am playing the tune six times on mandocello, with mandolin playing the variations over the top, to a strummed rhythm on OM.

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    https://youtu.be/FF_IOimgER8

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    Interesting use of counterpoint--the variation as counterpoint to original melody. Probably would work with a lot of T&V pieces, I wondered if this was your own idea or if you found it in the literature. Thank you again for your many contributions to mandocello literature.
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    Thanks, Jim. Probably not an original concept, but I did come up with it myself in order to make ad-hoc polyphonic settings out of single line early music pieces that were too short for a satisfying performance and too repetitive if repeated too often without mixing it up. I have a number of early music books by Allan Alexander, and his solution to that problem was to add his own variations to the end of the original tune. I found that I didn't particularly care for those variations played sequentially, but where the structure of the variation is compatible with the theme I liked the effect of using them as counterpoint. Also works for some of Allan's Carolan settings.

    Here are a couple of medieval tunes that I recorded in that way a few years ago:

    Cantiga 353: Quen a Omagen da Virgen (Alfonso X of Castile, c. 1280)
    Come With Me My Giselle (Adam de la Halle, c. 1300)

    I also used the same trick for another 16 century French branle over the weekend, to be uploaded shortly.

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    It makes sense if the harmonic structure stays constant. Turns the work into a chaconne with the original theme as the ground.
    Of course some T&V works make much more dramatic changes, Elgar's Enigma and Brahm's Haydn Variations for example.
    I remember trying to add a harmony part in a bluegrass jam circle, and some people told me they thought that would be too "confusing." Hmmph.
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    Yes, indeed -- I have taken the chord sequence indicated by Allan in his published score as an indication of harmonic compatibility. In early music, horizontal counterpoint of more-or-less independent voices was in any case very common, even where there are occasional harmonic clashes.

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    Yes, very familiar with "early" music, pre-Joseph Fux "Gradus ad Parnassum" counterpoint book. In my choral conducting days I did music from the 11th century with college choirs and even presented a Medieval Yule Feast with 6th graders.
    Many musicologists say that Western European music became constrained as the rules of harmony and counterpoint limited tonal palates. Listening to music from other cultures, we hear all kinds of combinations. I think you are opening up an opportunity for more chamber ensemble literature here--I'll play the theme while you play the variations!
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    Another two new mandocello recordings: a Russian (or Klezmer) waltz and a Scottish reel.

    Herold Lavrentievich Kittler (1847-1916): Expectation Waltz (ожидание)

    This is a Russian waltz written in 1901. It's best known in Russia through a prominent appearance in the 1962 film "Optimistic Tragedy", and also played as a klezmer song under the name "Ershter vals" with Yiddish lyrics by Chaim Towber.

    My instrumental recording on solo mandocello with tenor guitar accompaniment is based on Paul Hardy's tunebook:

    https://pghardy.net/concertina/tuneb...n_tunebook.pdf

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    https://youtu.be/0YC_yeuRgso

    The Fairy Dance (Neil Gow)

    This Scottish dance tune was publised by Neil Gow, and may have been written by him. My mandocello rendition (doubled an octave higher on mandolin on the repeats) is again based on Paul Hardy's transcription:

    https://pghardy.net/concertina/tuneb...n_tunebook.pdf

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    https://youtu.be/frHFsD5F110

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    The Fairy Dance (Neil Gow)

    This Scottish dance tune was publised by Neil Gow, and may have been written by him. My mandocello rendition (doubled an octave higher on mandolin on the repeats) is again based on Paul Hardy's transcription:

    Martin
    Thank you for the recording and for the connection to Paul Hardy's Concertina book--a wonderful collection of tunes.
    jim
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    Bear Waltz (Anne Pape)

    I found this waltz in the Southern Maryland Open Band tunebook, where it is credited to Anne Pape -- I know nothing else about it, but liked how nicely it sits in the range of the mandocello:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...ookJan2021.pdf

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    https://youtu.be/k9snmSECqqw

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    THANK YOU for sharing these, Martin. It is such a gift to be part of a world community of music, and music-makers.

    Mark

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    Thanks, Mark -- good to hear you're enjoying these. Here is another one.

    High Clouds (Waltz by David Kaynor)

    This waltz was written in 1980 by fiddler David Kaynor of the Greenfield Dance Band, who is active in the contra dance and social dance scene in Massachusetts. There are several recordings on Youtube, including by the composer himself. My version is based on the melody and harmony transcription from the Southern Maryland Open Band tunebook at:

    https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...ookJan2021.pdf

    Played as a mandocello duet, with tenor guitar arpeggio accompaniment.

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    https://youtu.be/mhUE9PpXejg

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