By Mandolin Cafe
February 2, 2011 - 1:15 pm
Oakland, Calif. — Raffaele Calace Method for Mandolin, the essential treatise from the master of Neopolitan mandolin technique, is now made accessible to the English-speaking student.
Italian mandolin virtuoso Raffaele Calace (1864-1934, Naples) was, without doubt, one of the finest mandolin players of all time. Over the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, he elevated this art form well beyond what anyone had previously imagined. In 1910, Calace created a remarkable six-part Method for Mandolin, considered the most important from that period.
German mandolin professor Caterina Lichtenberg and American mandolinist Mike Marshall celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Calace's publication with this first English Edition, presented in two volumes.
Extremely detailed, lucid, truly comprehensive, well-organized, and beautifully presented, this 6-part guide leads the student by explanation, example, and well-tailored, musically intriguing exercises towards real mastery of the instrument. Includes a glossary of all terms.
Volume I: Parts 1, 2, and 3 (Opp. 37-39). Covers basics of playing, and presents a thorough approach to mastery of the all-important tremolo; demonstrates a variety of pick strokes; contains an in-depth exploration of twenty-two dynamic, rhythmic, and other musical notations, both general and including techniques specific to the Neopolitan classical style; and provides a meticulous study of the first five fretboard playing positions, including chromatic and scale studies in all keys. 105 pp. Coil bound. Notation only.
Volume II: Parts 4, 5, and 6 (Opp. 40-42). Covers all major ornamentation patterns used in classical mandolin; continues the study of fretboard playing positions from Volume I through seventh position; presents double stops in thirds, sixths, and octaves, with extensive combination exercises; includes a thorough presentation of all aspects of self-accompaniment (duo style or tremolo staccato); and contains a detailed section on harmonic production. Amply illustrated by exercises geared towards continuous integration of all concepts presented throughout the Method, including excerpts from works by R. Calace. 82 pp. Coil bound. Notation only.
"This is the most comprehensive set of instructions that I have ever seen provided for a mandolinist who wants to develop these extended techniques," said Mike Marshall.
"Thanks to the translation skills of Amy Burcham and the detailed insights provided by Caterina Lichtenberg, the English-speaking world can for the first time finally read ALL of Calace's words provided alongside the original notation in a clean, readable presentation. This will hopefully help all of us begin to unravel what is necessary to elevate our technique to this level.
"These books provide a window into the genius of Calace. They reveal his dedication to the fine art of mandolin playing, his passion for music, and a keen understanding of how to overcome the challenges faced by most mandolinists.
"Few mandolinists today have delved deeply into Calace's demanding pieces and really mastered all of the techniques needed to perform them. But after reading what Raffaele himself has to say and playing through his exercises, we have a glimpse of what it will take to play these works.
"Not until I studied Calace's music with Caterina, and began to unravel the mystery of what was written on the page, did I finally begin to appreciate the wealth of great music that was always there. Only then did I finally grasp the importance of this man's legacy to the mandolin world."
Available exclusively from Elderly Instruments:
Two book set
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