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    Default Tchaikovsky on mandolin

    I've been playing around with two very different Tchaikovsky pieces, both of which I think work nicely on mandolin:

    P.I. Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young/Children's Album (Op. 39, 1878)
    18. Neapolitan Song
    Arranged for mandolin and guitar by Esther Simon


    This is an adaptation of this simple piano piece by Tchaikovsky for mandolin and guitar, which I got from the March 1951 issue of the BMG Magazine, available for download at:

    https://classic-banjo.ning.com/page/bmg-magazines

    This is a common beginner's piece for piano, usually played quite a bit faster than my mandolin recording. I'm not sure why, as the original tempo marking was "Comodo - gracioso". In any case, as it's a pastiche of Neapolitan mandolin serenades, it adapts very nicely, and sounds suitably ideomatic on mandolin.

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar



    P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, 1888
    2nd Movement, Andante Cantabile

    Arranged for five instruments by Peet du Toit (2001), published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0. Available at:

    https://musescore.com/user/19658656/scores/5711985

    This is the famous horn solo from Tchaikovsky's fifth symphony, which I have adapted to a mandolin solo, with mandolin quartet accompaniment. The original is in D Major, Peet's brass quintet arrangement is in C major, but I have transposed to G major to fit the solo comfortably into the mandolin range.

    Solo mandolin: 1921 Gibson Ajr
    Mandolins 1&2: 1915 Luigi Embergher
    Mandola in G: Mid-Missouri M-111
    Mandocello: Suzuki MC-815



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    Default Re: Tchaikovsky on mandolin

    Did you transcribe the transposed horn solo?

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    Default Re: Tchaikovsky on mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by mle.w View Post
    Did you transcribe the transposed horn solo?
    The good thing about starting with an arrangement from Musescore.com is that all scores come with the engraving files in the free Musescore software. That means transposing key or changing clefs is a matter of seconds.

    I attach the PDF score and parts in G major at concert pitch, suitable for mandolin quintet.

    Martin
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    I’d love to hear this piece done with the horn as a solo mandola and then the mandocello play the trombone part and a bass playing the tuba part, but it is a very nice arrangement of the pieces.
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