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Astute Music Releases Two New Mandolin Publications

By Mandolin Cafe
August 27, 2008 - 7:15 am

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"Five Folk Dances" and "I Love Cappuccino", from Astute Music Ltd.

Sandbach Cheshire, UK — Astute Music is proud to present two new books by Michael Reichenbach, both directed at mandolinists in the intermediate level.

The pieces in Five Folk Dances are taken from three different cultures, where plucked instruments play a significant role.

I Love Cappuccino is a collection of 4 Blues Styles Pieces for solo mandolin. All four pieces have chord symbols so that a second player can form a duet by playing the chords on another instrument like a mandolin or guitar.

About the author

Michael Reichenbach, born 1955, began his musical career as a guitar player in a local mandolin orchestra. He studied physics and at the same time continued his musical education with private lessons and seminars. For many years he was a member of the Badisches Zupforchester, one of the leading mandolin orchestras in Germany, where he learned to know the original works for mandolin orchestra by the important composers like Wölki, Schwaen, Ambrosius and others. He was educated as a conductor for mandolin orchestras and guitar ensembles and has conducted several mandolin orchestras.

He became more and more interested in the mandolin and its music and playing techniques. He studied the mandolin music of the old masters, but also the music of Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Choro or other musical styles. For several years he studied musicology at the university of Freiburg and worked as a teacher for guitar, mandolin and music theory, before he finally decided for computer science as his main profession.

In his pieces Michael Reichenbach uses the technical possibilities of the mandolin to create interesting and full sounding music for the mandolin. This is typically achieved by chords, double stops or special picking techniques.

Purchase: I Love Cappuccino
Purchase: Five Folk Dances
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