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    The editions are now available on my blog, on the updated post about the Walsh volume. As announced, I will also publish on a separate thread.

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    Some of you may have missed John's announcement of his new free tunebook -- 64 original mandolin tunes, all with harmony parts and chords, including many I have already recorded in this thread:

    http://www.mandotopia.com/MayFrost.html

    This is a new one for me, a very atmospheric waltz:

    The Old Basement Piano


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    I just downloaded John's new book and played through a few tunes and immediately made a donation. I want to thank John for making some of his books available for free with a suggested donation -- his pieces are gems that everybody should explore, regardless of ability to pay. Well done!

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    Martin, thanks once again for another fine recording of one of my tunes. "The Old Basement Piano" sounds really good. Thanks also for the mention of my new tunebook.

    David, thank you very much for the kind words (and your generous donation!). I hope that you and many others will enjoy at least some of the tunes in the new book.

    I think my friends here in the "classical" forum are really the kind of audience I had in mind when I decided to write harmony parts for each of the tunes. I imagine two, three or more players sight-reading the tunes at comfortable tempos and playing around with the parts and the chords. Anything goes!

    John G.

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    An additional thank you, John, for knowing how to lay the music out properly! I have an Epson WF7620 printer which duplexes automatically and I simply had to use Adobe reader (could have been any PDF reading program) to print on both sides, and May Frost printed perfectly, with melody and harmony for the longer songs on pages facing each other. Too many other people who self-publish their music don't take such issues into account and I've had to spend way too much time inserting blank pages to get the necessary pairs of pages to face each other. Your book printed perfectly and makes for excellent duet playing.

    So a great big thank you for taking us performers into account when you publish your music! Just yesterday I had several private music students reading tunes out of May Frost as sight-reading exercises (one clarinet student, one tenor sax student and one flute student) and they worked beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhbailey View Post
    An additional thank you, John, for knowing how to lay the music out properly! I have an Epson WF7620 printer which duplexes automatically and I simply had to use Adobe reader (could have been any PDF reading program) to print on both sides, and May Frost printed perfectly, with melody and harmony for the longer songs on pages facing each other.
    Indeed -- that's what I've done as well. Printing the PDF double-sided and ring-bound makes a perfect tunebook.

    Martin

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    Once again too long since I last posted one of John's tunes.

    Here is a rare one: a collaboration between two of my favourite mandolin people:

    Reel: One Hundred Year Flood (John Goodin)
    Arranged by Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni


    This is a reel written in 2007 by John in an arrangement by Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni from her "Big Book For Mandolins For 2018" (the third volume in her great series of books -- thanks, John and Evelyn!).

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    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello
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    All pictures from the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

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    Martin, thanks once again for producing such a fine recording of one of my tunes. In this case I'm twice-honored because Eveyln chose to create this excellent arrangement and include it in her book.

    So far this spring we haven't seen any serious flooding in northeast Iowa but the conditions are ripe. The Mississippi, just 40 miles east of here, is showing minor to moderate flooding and is predicted to continue to rise for the next week or two. It would only take one or two large rainfalls to combine with the melting of February's record snowfalls to cause some serious trouble, both on the Mississippi and along the Upper Iowa River that flows just a few hundred yards from our home.

    John G.

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    John, here I go again plugging the long neglected mandocello... In your notes on the Telemann music you say:
    "While it is still true that I have found no indication that Telemann wrote any music for the mandolin or the mandolino I have discovered that (according to Steven Zohn in his recent book Music for a Mixed Taste: Style, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann's Instrumental Works, Oxford U. Press, 2008) he wrote for, and played, an instrument often called the mandora. In late seventeenth and early eighteenth century Germany this was an instrument best described as a kind of bass-lute and sometimes referred to by a variety of other names. He used this plucked-string instrument to accompany the flute in "many of his sacred vocal works, especially those composed at Frankfurt" (Zohn) between 1712 and 1720. "
    (I should mention that I have sung some of those sacred vocal works and they are as good or in my opinion better than any of Vivaldi's.)
    But this mandora thing, used as basso continuo... Graham McDonald, in writing about the unclear and confusing records of the mandora, compares it to a "larger Italian mandola." He goes on to describe the callichon, which was "tuned a fourth lower [and] had a solo repertoire of its own"(McDonald, 2015). The range, tuning, and string length (70cm) loosely approximate the mandocello, and I would assume the music was in bass clef. If you would cite your source for or access to this music, it could be some more great solo repertoire for the modern mandocello.
    I know it's a stretch, but so is playing Bach on a modern piano--or for that matter, on a modern cello. Any thoughts or directions I should follow?
    ... Hey--am I just a mandocello-pest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc James View Post
    But this mandora thing, used as basso continuo... Graham McDonald, in writing about the unclear and confusing records of the mandora, compares it to a "larger Italian mandola." He goes on to describe the callichon, which was "tuned a fourth lower [and] had a solo repertoire of its own"(McDonald, 2015). The range, tuning, and string length (70cm) loosely approximate the mandocello, and I would assume the music was in bass clef. If you would cite your source for or access to this music, it could be some more great solo repertoire for the modern mandocello.
    I know it's a stretch, but so is playing Bach on a modern piano--or for that matter, on a modern cello. Any thoughts or directions I should follow?
    Jim,

    The book that John has quoted in his notes is on Google Books, so it's straightforward to get the passage concerning the mandora:

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    As you can see, John's notes are a fairly close paraphrase and there is not much more detail in the book itself.

    The pieces in question are a series of ten concertos "in the French style", several of which list the mandora (under its alternative name "calchedon") as part of the instrumentation. Note that these are not the continuo parts: the concertos are scored for "two flutes, calchedon, strings and continuo".

    Manuscript copies of the three concertos mentioning the "calchedon" are at IMSLP:

    TWV 52:e2
    TWV 53:h1
    TWV 53:D1

    The other seven concertos list bassoon instead of mandora/calchedon as the accompaniment to the flutes, but if Zohn is right they were also originally scored for mandora.

    The manuscript for TWV 53:D1 has an interesting edit on the first page, where the instrumentation is specified:

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    It says "calchedon", with the next words heavily crossed out and corrected "ou basson". I can't make out what the original instrument was that was crossed out, but it doesn't seem to be "mandora".

    Martin

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    I salute your scholarship; the Cafe is a refreshing refuge from the glut of unsupported information on the internet.
    Now, the passage that caught my interest is in Graham's book: "the larger callichon (or colachon or gallizona), tuned a fourth lower, had a solo repertoire of its own" (p. 44). That is the music I would love to see, but I can't find a source or even composer. I'll do some queries of well informed mando-scholars like yourself and see what we can find.

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    This is the sixth short duet in John Goodin's occasional series "Ten Easy Duos". I have previously recorded Nos. 2, 3 and 5 -- all very enjoyable!

    The score for this duo is at John's blog:

    http://www.mandotopia.com/smt2019/TenEasyDuos-6.pdf

    My recording is on a vintage Italian bowlback mandolin, double-tracked. All art by Georgia O'Keefe.

    1890s Umberto Ceccherini mandolin (x2)



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    Martin, thanks once more. This is a really fine recording of my piece. The Ceccherini sounds especially good on this.

    I like your description of this as coming from my "occasional series", that makes me feel better about being so lazy.

    John G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Goodin View Post
    Martin, thanks once more. This is a really fine recording of my piece. The Ceccherini sounds especially good on this.
    Many thanks, John! I suspect what you're hearing is that I have discovered the "Reverb" plugin in Audacity -- with some very gentle reverb added (using the "Small Room Bright" preset), the mix sounds richer and livelier than my usual "dry" unprocessed audio on my other recordings. I've always resisted post-processing, but as long as it only creates the effect of a more acoustically favourable room I think it may be justifiable.

    I've also used the same reverb preset on the recording of "Capri-Fischer" I have just completed -- see my separate posting.

    Martin

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