Raffaele Calace: 10 Preludes for Solo Mandolin

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April 25, 2011 - 2:15 pm

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Raffaele Calace: 10 Preludes for Solo Mandolin

Raffaele Calace: 10 Preludes for Solo Mandolin

Vincent Beer-Demander and Fabio Gallucci have collaborated to publish Raffaele Calace: 10 Preludes for Solo Mandolin, available on Les Productions d'OZ web site.

Often considered as one of the acmes of literature for solo mandolin, Preludi per Mandolino solo by the Neapolitan Composer Raffaele Calace echoes the Caprices for solo violin by Paganini.

All the possible musical and expressive techniques are touched on in this delicate romantic discourse.

From the book's introduction: The mandolin, virtuoso and sunny by turns, sounds here like a true polyphonic instrument, notably with the use of Calace's famous tremolos; the main stylistic device for the mandolin in the 19th century. This delightful piece of music is a prerequisite for any mandolinist aficionado.

Additional information:
60 pages
Standard notation
Advanced level


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Nick Royal
April 26, 2011 01:33 PM
Does anyone know the level of mandolin playing needed for these preludes?
Thank you,
Nick Royal
Santa Cruz, CA
Jim Garber
April 26, 2011 02:18 PM
Upper level... most are virtuoso show pieces.

Here is #1:


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Mark Levesque
April 26, 2011 03:10 PM
Here's # 10 by Katsia Prakopchyk :

Alex Timmerman
April 26, 2011 03:13 PM
Or view (closely) and listen to Raffaele Calace's 2nd Prelude performed by Sebastiaan de Grebber:


Best greetings,

Alex Timmerman.
Jim Garber
April 26, 2011 03:15 PM
Easy stuff.... right?
April 26, 2011 11:30 PM
For the most part the Calace preludes are very difficult. They are, however, worth the effort (unlike, in my opinion, much mandolin music of the same period).

I have a copy of the new edition on order. It looks excellent, from the sample on the website. There is another modern edition by Ugo Orlandi, but only of some of the preludes (it is available from www.trekel.de).
April 27, 2011 09:06 AM
Hello to everybody,
About previously questions, our Calace Preludes published with D'Oz, It's an original version of these pieces.
With fingers, dynamics etc. Written by Raffaele Calace.
We've only fixed some mistakes in the original scores..

Thank you for your interest
Have Nice Time
Jim Garber
April 27, 2011 09:18 AM
If you want to see a sample you can download one page at http://www.productionsdoz.com/doz/DZ%201525.pdf