In his movie “The Sound of Rio – Brasileirinho” Mika Kaurismäki has made a great portrait of the Brazilian choro. I had not seen this movie until now, but I have recently found this movie (with the Portuguese title “Brasileirinho – Grandes Encontros do Choro”) on youtube. If you are interested in Brazilian choro and have not seen this movie you should take the chance to watch it now.
An interview (in German) about the movie: Interview mit Mika Kaurismäki auf www.bluerhythm.de.
The soundtrack of the movie is available as CD. You can buy the DVD and CD on amazon (partnerlink):
Brasileirinho – The Sound of Rio
With Trio Madeira Brazil, Teresa Cristina, Yamandu Costa, Zezé Gonzaga, Paulo Moura, Luciano Rabelo, and many more great musicians from Brazil.
Website Mika Kaurismäki
Brasileirinho – Grandes Encontros do Choro in the movie database
Wikipedia about the movie Brasileirinho(German)
Interview mit Mika Kaurismäki (German)
Interview: Mika Kaurismaki – Moro No Brasil
More blog posts about choro and Brazilian music:
Recently I have made a scan of a guitar method by Eduard Bayer and added it to my score catalogue at musicaneo.com.
Eduard Bayer was a guitar virtuoso and composer of the 19th century. He played a special guitar with 10 strings, an early version of the harp-guitar. I have found the following video of a performance of the Souvenir d’Amour by Eduard Bayer played by Brian Torosian on a reproduction of a guitar like the one played by Eduard Bayer:
Brian Torosian performs Bayer’s Souvenir d’amour on 10-string Harp Guitar
Dr. Brian Torosian performs “Souvenir d’amour (Fantasie Brillante), Op. 22″ by Eduard Bayer (1822-1908) on an R. E. Brune reproduction of a classic 1850′s Scherzer 10-string harp guitar at the 8th Harp Guitar Gathering November 13, 2010.
I believe this is the first-ever recording of this virtuoso harp guitar piece.
Video copyright 2010 The Harp Guitar Foundation
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Some notes about the life of Edward Bayer can be found in the famous book “The Guitar and Mandolin” by Bone (click any image to open gallery):
Portrait of Eduard Bayer
Biography of Eduard Bayer – Part 1
Biography of Eduard Bayer – Part 2
Biography of Eduard Bayer – Part 3
Biography of Eduard Bayer – Part 4
The guitar method does also contain some notes and reviews (in German) – here is the cover and the notes from my scan of the guitar method – (click any image to open gallery):
Guitar Method by Eduard Bayer – Cover
Guitar Method by Eduard Bayer – Notes part 1
Guitar Method by Eduard Bayer – Notes part 2
Another source for information about Eduard Bayer is the book “Materialien zu einer Geschichte der Guitarre und ihre Meister mit Abbildungen von Eduard Fack. Berlin 1884.” (in German). The PDF is available from the Website of the luthier Martin Hurrtig. (http://www.lautenbau-leipzig.de/projekte.html)
Website Brian Torosian
The guitar method by Eduard Bayer at musicaneo
Link collection about Eduard Bayer
Free Sheet Music by Eduard Bayer in the Danish Royal Library:
Bayer, Eduard Sechs Ländler: für zwei Guitarren, Op. 37.
Bayer, Eduard Souvenir d’amour: fantaisie brillante pour la guitarre seule à 10 ou 6 cordes, Op. 22 / par Ed. Bayer
Bayer, Eduard Souvenir d’Ems: 6 Laendler pour deux guitarres, Op. 23. / par Ed. Bayer
Bayer, Eduard Le repertoire du guitarriste / composés par Ed. Bayer: morceaux modernes et non difficiles ; cah. 1
Bayer, Eduard Sechs Ländler: für zwei Guitarren, Op. 37
The weekly radio show Trémolo of the Spanish radio RTVE has recently played a program with recordings by the Duetto Giocondo with Caterina Lichtenberg (mandolin) and Mirko Schrader (guitar, lute).
The program contained the following works from the CD “Sonaten für Mandoline und Gitarre/Laute”:
Christoforo Signorelli (1731-1815)
Sonata for baroque-mandolin and lute
Allegro – Allegro Giga – Allergro ma non tanto – Andante – Menuett
(B.C.: M. Strauß)
Abbate Rainieri Capponi (18. Jahrhundert)
Sonata for baroque-mandolin and lute
Largo – Allegro assai – Affettuoso – Allegro assai
(B.C.: M. Schrader)
At the end of the program one movement from a work by Raffaele Calace was played:
Raffaele Calace (1863-1934)
Concerto Nr. 1, Op. 113 for romantic mandolin and guitar
Marziale – Largo tranquillo – Rondo
(arranged by C. Lichtenberg / M. Schrader)
The podcast is available as download (right klick to “escuchar” and “save as…”) or can be played directly:
Playlist Duetto Giocondo
Duetto Giocondo plays Choro, Leone, Gershwin and Bach!
Website Caterina Lichtenberg – Duetto Giocondo
The mandolin orchestra “Il Mare” from Chiba in Japan has posted about twenty videos in its youtube channel.
The orchestra weas founded in 2008, the first concert was given in 2009. The videos contain pieces from the concerts in 2009 – 2013, the sixth concert is planned for this year.
I have compiled the videos in my playlist:
Videos by the Mandolin Orchestra “Il Mare” – Chiba
The following pieces are included:
- Rome und Julia
- Godfather II – Immigrant
- Perl Fisher’s Tango
- Plein Soleil.太陽がいっぱい
- Marine Fantasy von Hiro Fujikake
- The Spirit of Nature by Hiro Fujikake
- Some Enchanted Evening 魅惑の宵 (R. Rodgers)
- New Cinema Paradiso Medley
- Gavotte – Serenade by Amedeo Amedei – “One of the most performed pieces composed for Mandolin orchestra. Performed by IL MARE Mandolin Club, an amateur Japanese mandolin club in Chiba, Japan from its forth regular concert held in 2012. “>One of the most performed pieces composed for Mandolin orchestra.”
- Suite Spagnuola by Claudio Mandonico
- Slavischer Tanz Nr. 10 von A. Dvorak
- Stabat Mater by Hiro Fujikake
- Fantasia Kyusyu (Hiro Fujikake)
- Serenate Napolitane by Primo Silvestri – “A lovely Italian piece by Primo Silvestri, arranged for mandolin orchestra. Performed by IL MARE Mandolin Club, an amateur Japanese mandolin club in Chiba, Japan from its fifth regular concert held in 2013. “>
- Dances for the Mandolin & the Moon (Richard Charlton) – “A fascinating mandolin orchestra work, partly inspired by one of Picasso’s most beautiful cubist works, Girl with a Mandolin, composed in 2005 by Richard Charlton, who is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading composers and guitarists. Performed by IL MARE Mandolin Club, an amateur Japanese mandolin club in Chiba, Japan from its fifth regular concert held in 2013. “>
- Song of the Spirit 魂の歌 (Karl Jenkins)
- Summertime in Venice ベニスの夏の日
- Stardust スターダスト
- So in Love ソー・イン・ラブ
Website Il Mare (japanisch)