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    Moving right along...

    Russian mandolin virtuosa Natalia Marashova recently asked me for a transposed version of my older work Alla mia bella insensibile, this time down to A-minor for baritone and plucked orchestra. I gladly agreed to the request.



    Once this is completed, you will all be equally welcome to the transposed score and parts, if you can envision performing this piece with a friendly baritone in your sphere. It's a small project but of course even the grandest trajectories are made of the tiniest steps.

    Cheers,

    Victor
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    Me! I'm not that friendly, but I am a registered baritone. I sang the Bach Aria Mache Dich mein Herze Rein from St Matthew passion with the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra a few years back and have been looking for similar literature. Looking forward to seeing this, Victor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Imhoff View Post
    Me! I'm not that friendly, but I am a registered baritone.
    Eh, that's friendly enough for me. I will zap the materials to you as soon as they are ready. I believe I have your email address on one of my databases but, if you don't mind, please send it over via the Café's messenger. I'm always happy to share.

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    Victor
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    Wow, I really enjoyed this. That was fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreThanQuinn View Post
    Wow, I really enjoyed this. That was fantastic.
    Thank you! It really is a fine performance and in a splendid space, the Archeological Museum of Athens. The piece itself is throwback to the early 19th century. I thought it made sense since the poem came from that period. I am delighted to see it come to life in this guise and find a contemporary audience.

    Cheers,

    Victor
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    Greetings, all.

    The transposed version has been completed and circulated to all those on my global mando-list. If anyone not on my contact list would like to have the score and parts, they are yours for the asking and the price is right: $0.00 Please just message me via the Café with your email address and I will be happy to share.

    Cheers,

    Victor
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    Can't wait to get my hands and vocal chords on this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Imhoff View Post
    Can't wait to get my hands and vocal chords on this!
    It's already in the mail, so to speak. Email delivery time varies, of course, but you should have it soon enough.
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    I asked Victor whether he minded if I tried this as an instrumental, giving the baritone part to solo mandocello. He kindly consented, although expressing some gentle doubt as to the viability of the concept...

    So, here is my attempt at this beautiful tune.

    Victor Kioulaphides: "Alla mia bella insensibile"

    My recording uses the baritone setting, but I am playing the vocal line as a mandocello instrumental. To add texture, I have doubled it on tremolo octave mandolin in unison -- I wanted the resonant sonority of the plucked mandocello, as well as the richness of the OM tremolo. I will let you (and Victor!) be the judge as to whether this works, but I had fun playing it on mandocello as it's such a pretty melody!

    Apologies to Victor for taking liberties with his score!

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    Ciao ,grazie maestro per la tua musica mi chiamo raimondo sono di napoli e suono chitarra ,mandolino e mandola non č il mio lavoro ,ma quando suono lo faccio con impegno e passione,la mia maiel č raimondoacca@gmail.com , se puoi mandami lo spartito e anche altri se vuoi,,ti ringrazio e scusami se non ho scritto in inglese....a presto raimondo accardo

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    [QUOTE=Martin Jonas;1726657]I asked Victor whether he minded if I tried this as an instrumental, giving the baritone part to solo mandocello.
    I object! The baritone part should be given to a mandocello player. (That's me!)
    Hope to perform this at CMSA, also hoping to recruit and work with a mandolin ensemble as my backup group.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by raimondo View Post
    Ciao ,grazie maestro per la tua musica mi chiamo raimondo sono di napoli e suono chitarra ,mandolino e mandola non č il mio lavoro ,ma quando suono lo faccio con impegno e passione,la mia maiel č raimondoacca@gmail.com , se puoi mandami lo spartito e anche altri se vuoi,,ti ringrazio e scusami se non ho scritto in inglese....a presto raimondo accardo
    Thank you for writing, Raimondo. I will send you the score and parts tonight, as soon as I get home.
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    Hello, Raimondo. I have just sent you the score and parts for this piece in both versions, both the original one for tenor and the subsequent arrangement for baritone. I hope you and your colleagues enjoy it. I am delighted to see such a pocket-size composition travel so far and wide. Then again, the aesthetic is as Italianate as it can be so it will feel perfectly at home in Naples.

    Kudos to Martin for a lovely instrumental version! The tradition of playing songs on instruments goes far, far back so this is precisely in that august vein. A refreshing experience for a composer, to hear one's work in some way different from how it was conceived... I always strive to make my instrumental writing singable so there's probably some divine justice in hearing my songs played.

    Martin goes above and beyond in his YouTube video with posting those classy, vintage images of the poet, Dionysios Solomós, and the lovely, verdant island of Zákynthos, the southernmost of the Ionian Islands. By way of a literary/historical aside, it was just the day before yesterday (August 4th, back in 1865) that Solomós' Hymn to Liberty became the lyrics of Greece's national anthem.

    Cheers to one and all,

    Victor
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    I'll be performing this beautiful aria with a mandolin ensemble at the CMSA open mic. Thank you for the wonderful music Victor, I hope we do it justice.
    Jim

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    Very happy to hear that, Jim. I hope that everyone in attendance at CMSA will enjoy this little piece. I'm happy to have made this arrangement.

    Music is to be shared; that's my "guiding star", if you will. Following it, of course, does involve some cost in time and labor. For example, I am currently wrestling with the layout and notation of my Four Love Songs. After a long and happy performance history as songs for soprano and piano since I first wrote them in 2001, they are now being taken up by several mezzos, countertenors, what have you. I can never say no to such kind and gentle requests for my songs in a lower tessitura. So back to the "shop", so to speak, trying to faithfully transpose not only the notes themselves but also the mood and character of the songs.

    I am currently also composing a brand new mini-opera, a play with music on the theme of the Nativity, slated rather hurriedly for premiere this holiday season! While being a fairly short composition overall, it includes four roles, adult chorus, children's chorus, and a mixed chamber orchestra of winds, strings, harp, piano, and percussion. Each day, another stakeholder asks for something else: the children will need something lively to sing; the adult chorus may involve a bit of dancing, too; can we please have some tambourine thrown in for good cheer and measure? You get the idea. That's my life.

    Bleary-eyed but happy,

    Victor
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