Troise and his Mandoliers / Banjoliers – Historical Mandolin Orchestra Recordings

Pasquale Troise (1895 – 1957) was born in Naples in 1895. He came to Great Britan during the 1920, first as a member of the London Radio Dance Band, but soon founded his own orchestra, the Selecta Plectrum Mandoline Orchestra, which was later renamed to Troise and his Mandoliers. When the banjo became more popular than the mandolin (mainly because it was louder) the orchestra replaced the mandolins by banjos and played as Troise and his Banjoliers. The orchestra existed from the 1930s until 1957 directed by Troise, and continued until the early 1970s then conducted by Jack Mandel.

The orchestra did regularly appear in a radio broadcast named “Music while you work”. The history of Troise and his Mandoliers can be found on the website Masters of Melody. There you can also listen to two complete recordings of the broadcasts from 1956 and 1964. It is also interesting to read that some important classical mandolin players including Hugo d’Alton played with Trois and his Mandoliers.

Their personnel changed very little over the years — classical mandoline player Hugo D’Alton, Billy Bell and Terry Walsh were all there to ensure stability, with accordionist Emile Charlier or Albert Delroy and pianists such as William Davies and Sidney Davey.

Many recordings and also movies (filmed by British Pathe between 1932 and ) with Troise and his Mandoliers are also available at youtube, I have compiled everything that I have found in the following playlist:

Playlist Troise and his Mandoliers

Additional Information

Website about Troise and his Banjoliers

Wikipedia about “Music while you work”

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe about Troise and the Mandoliers

Wikipedia about Angy Palumbo who was a member of Troise and hia Mandoliers

Palumbo was a specialist of various fretted instruments, and his advertisements in the trade journal B.M.G. shows that he taught guitar as well as banjo, mandolin and violin playing.[1] He himself also played several of these instruments as a member of “Troise and his Mandoliers”, a band led by fellow Italian immigrant Pasqual Troise (1895–1957). This band recorded frequently and also made regular radio appearances.[2]

The Wikipedia article contains a link to a PDF version of an interesting article about Angy Palumbo by the B. M. G.

German article about Troise and his Mandoliers

Troise And His Mandoliers – 78 RPM – Discography

The Tommy Douse Mandoliers

Written byBrianonThe Tommy Douse Mandoliers were formed in 1940 and entertained audiences in and around the North East of England until 1980.

Article about Bernard Sheaff on the zitherbanjo website

During the 40’s and early 50s Mr. Sheaff’s main occupation was composing and arranging for professional fretted instrument bands; in particular, Troise and His Mandoliers (and Banjoliers), the Troise Novelty Orchestra, the Serenaders, etc.

Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko – Two Greek Folk Dances – Free Sheet Music for Mandolin and Guitar

Some time ago I have discovered a great recording by Christina Pluhar, the Hasapiko from the CD Mediterraneo:

Hasapiko – Christina Pluhar und L’Arpeggiata – CD Mediterraneo

 

 

The ensemble L’Arpeggiata plays a long version with many improvisations. You can hear many different instruments like hammered dulcimer, plucked instruments like saz or the Kretian laouto, stringed instruments like the lyra and even the cembalo.

I was very inspired by this video and have compiled further informations about this dance. You can hear many version in the following playlist. In some videos you can hear a sequence that starts with a slow Hasapiko and then goes on with the fast Hasaposerviko.

Playlist Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko

 

Picture from a book about the Dances of Greece (see below)

hassapikos-archive-org-abbildung

Griechischer Tanz – Abbildung

I have made arrangements of those two dances for mandolin and guitar, the sheet music is available as free download from my musicaneo site:

Sheet Music

I have found many versions of the Hasapiko on the site folkloretanznoten.de, they can be found as “Chasapiko” under the letter C. The names for the dances are not very consistant, sometimes the Hasapikos Politiokos is a slow dance, sometimes a fast dance. Normally the fast dance is called hasaposerviko, the Serbian Hasapiko.

At archive.org I have found the following book about the Dances of Greece that does also contain a Hasapikos. This version is almost identical to the fast version played by l’Arpeggiata, but the tempo says “slowly”.

Another version of the fast Hasapikos can be found at  bouzoukispot.com, and a third version is available at http://www.violinonline.com/unit6_3_hasapikos.html

A “Hasapiko Grigori” can be found at  Folk and Traditional Music, Sheet-Music, Mandolin tab and midi for Hasapiko Grigoro

Additional Information

Wikipedia Chasapiko (deutsch) / Wikipedia Hasapiko (engl.)

The slow version of the dance is called χασάπικο βαρύ (hasapiko vary) or χασάπικος βαρύς (hasapikos varys — βαρύς meaning “heavy”) and generally employs a 4/4 meter. The fast version of the dance uses a 2/4 meter. It is variously called γρήγορο χασάπικο, μακελλάριος χορός, χασαποσέρβικο (grigoro hasapiko, makellarios horos, hasaposerviko — the latter a reference to Serbian and other Balkan influences on this version of the dance).

Hasapiko served as one of the bases for the Sirtaki.

Linksammlung Hasapiko – my link collection about the topic Hasapiko / Hasaposerviko

Read also:  Christina Pluhar and the Ensemble L’Arpeggiata – Theorbo, Baroque Guitar and other Plucked Instruments

 

Salvatore Falbo Giangreco – Compositions for Mandolin Orchestra

The compositions by Salvatore Falbo Giangreco are very popular in Japan. Falbo reached the 6th position in an evaluation of the most played composers by mandolin orchestras in Japan ( Auswertung über die meistgespielten Komponisten bei japanischen Mandolinenorchestern ).

I have found many videos of works via Falbo, mostly played by Japanese mandolin orchestras. In this post I want to present the works by Salvatore Falbo Giangreco.

Ouverture in Re min

The first video in the following playklist is a recording with the orchestra Arte Tokyo conducted by Yasunobe Inoue. This orchestra playes a longer version of the Ouverture in D minor which has been edited from the original score. The following videos show the official version of this often played ouverture.

 

Suite Campestre

Danza a vespro – Serenatella – Alba di Festa

The third movement “Alba die Festa” has been played in the All Japan Mandolin Competition – the third video shows a compilation of many performances of this 3rd movement from the competition.

 

Spagna – Suite in four movements

Serenata Castigliana – Jota e Canzone (the second and third movement are played together as one movement) – Bolero

Serenata for mandolin and piano

Intermezzo

Serenata Zingaresca (postum)

 

Quartetto a plettro

Allegro deciso – Andantino sustenuto – Scherzo – Canzone e Finale

 

Biografie (ital.)

SALVATORE FALBO-GIANGRECO [AVOLA 1872 – AVOLA 1927]

Nacque ad Avola in provincia di Siracusa e fin dall’infanzia ebbe un irresistibile trasporto per la musica. A diciotto anni il maestro Pietro Antonino Tasca di Noto gli insegnò l’armonia. A Palermo ebbe il primo maestro di contrappunto in Giorgio Miceli, allora direttore del quel Regio Conservatorio.

Due anni dopo, quando fu nominato direttore del conservatorio il maestro Guglielmo Zuelli egli ebbe la fortuna di esservi ammesso come alunno esterno, avendo a maestri Casi e Stroncone per il pianoforte, Favara per il contrappunto e fuga e Zuelli per la composizione.

In meno di due anni svolse tutti i programmi e nell’ottobre del 1896 sostenne brillantemente gli esami di licenza di pianoforte, composizione, contrappunto e fuga, ottenendo un ottimo diploma per una scena lirica a grande orchestra ed una fuga a cinque voci.

Cinque mesi dopo vinceva per concorso il posto di direttore della banda musicale di Nicosia, dove dimorò per tre anni. Però la sua mente fu sempre rivolta ala composizione.

Ed egli scrisse in quel tempo: un Kyrie Eleison a cinque voci con organo, stile severo, premiato con una medaglia al concorso del giornale La Scaramucccia di Firenze; una Lirica per archi ed una Romanza per violino e pianoforte, lavori premiati con diploma allo stesso concorso; una Ouvertura di stile classico, premiata al concorso Lapini, ed acquistata e pubblicata dallo stesso editore.

Chiamato a dirigere la banda del suo paese vi si recò; ed anche là, contemporaneamente all’opera di direttore, esplicò quella di compositore.

Frutto della quale furono i seguente lavori: un’opera in un atto, Intermezzo Pompadour ,su parole di F. Amato, rappresentata al teatro Garibaldi di Avola; una serenata per violino e pianoforte, vincitrice del premio del Ministero di P. I. al concorso del Plettro di Milano; una lirica per violino e piano, ed una Ave Maria premiate con medaglie d’oro al concorso dell’editore Venturi di Bologna e pubblicate dallo stesso; una romanza, Per morin, su versi del noto poeta Luigi Orsini, vincitrice del primo premio al concorso bandito dal Liceo musicale Gasperini di Genova ed edita dalla casa Carish e Jänichen; un’operetta La Favola della Principessa vincitrice del secondo premio di lire seicento al concorso dell’editore Gori di Torino; una suite in tre tempi premiata con medaglia d’oro al 3° concorso del Plettro di Milano e quivi eseguita dalla Filarmonica Paisiello; un’Ouverture vincitrice del primo premio al 4° concorso del Plettro ed eseguita nel settembre 1912 come pezzo d’obbligo al concorso di Bergamo dal “Club Armonia” di Trento dalla “Estudiantine Monegasque” di Monaco e dalla Società “La Filarmonica” di Torino.

Translation to German:

SALVA FALBO-Giangreco [Avola 1872 – AVOLA 1927]

Er wurde in Avola in der Provinz Syracuse geboren und zeigte bereits in seiner Kindheit eine unwiderstehliche Leidenschaft für die Musik. Mit achtzehn bekam er Unterricht in Harmonielehre bei Meister Pietro Antonino Tasca. In Palermo bekam er den ersten Unterricht im Kontrapunkts von Giorgio Miceli, der damals Direktor dieses königlichen Konservatoriums war.

Zwei Jahre später, als Guglielmo Zuelli Direktor des Konservatoriums wurde, wurde er als externer Schüler zugelassen. Klavierunterricht bekam er von den Meistern Casi und Stroncone, Kontrapunkt und Fuge bei Favera und Komposition bei Zuelli.

In weniger als zwei Jahren absolvierte er die gesamte Ausbildung und legte im Oktober 1896 die Prüfungen für Klavier, Komposition, Kontrapunkt und Fuge ab, dabei erhielt er ein hervorragendes Zeugnis für eine Lyrische Szene für großes Orchester und eine fünfstimmige Fuge.

Fünf Monate danach gewann er den Wettbewerb für den Posten des Direktors der Stadtmusik von Nikosia, wo er drei Jahre lang lebte. Daneben beschäftigte er sich aber ständig mit dem Komponieren.

In dieser Zeit komponierte er: ein Kyrie Eleison fünf Stimmen mit Orgel, in strengen Stil, prämiert mit eine Medaille im Wettbewerb der Zeitung La Scaramucccia von Florenz; eine Lyrische Komposition für Streicher und eine Romanze für Violine und Klavier, ebenfalls mit einem Diplom des gleichen Wettbewerb ausgezeichnet; eine Ouverture im klassischen Stil die im Lapini Wettbewerb ausgezeichnet und im selben Verlag veröffentlicht wurde.

Er wurde zurück in seine Heimatstadt gerufen um dort die Musikkapelle zu leiten; gleichzeitig übernahm er dort den Posten als Direktor und Komponist an der Oper.

Aus dieser Tätgkeit entsanden die folgenden Werke: eine Oper in einem Akt, Intermezzo Pompadour, nach einem Libretto von F. Amato, aufgeführt im Theater Garibaldi in Avola; eine Serenade für Violine und Klavier, Gewinner des Ministeriums für P. I. im Wettbewerb von Il Plettro von Mailand; ein Gedicht für Violine und Klavier, und ein Ave Maria erhielt Goldmedaillen im Wettbewerb des Herausgebers Venturi in Bologna und wurd dort veröffentlicht; eine Romanze, Per Morin, auf Verse des berühmten Dichters Luigi Orsini, der den ersten Preis im Wettbewerb für Musikkapellen am Konservatorium Gasperini Genua organisiert und bei Carish & Jänichen veröffentlicht wurde; eine Operette La Favola della Principessa gewann den zweiten Preis von £ 600 im Wettbewerb der Herausgeber Gori aus Turin; eine Suite in drei Sätzen ausgezeichnet mit der Goldmedaille beim 3. Wettbewerb Il Plectro von Mailand und anschliessend aufgeführt von der Philharmonie Paisiello ; eine Ouvertüre gewann den ersten Preis beim 4. Wettbewerb von Il Plettro und wurde im September 1912 als Pflichtstück im Wettbewerb von Bergamo vom “Club Armonia” von Trient, von der “Estudiantine Monegasque” aus Monaco und von der Gesellschaft “La Filarmonica” aus Turin aufgeführt .

Biografie (ital.)

Salvatore Falbo (1872-1927) (Falbo Giangreco Salvatore – Compositore e Capo·musica; nato nel 1872 in Avola (Siracusa), vi morì l’8 aprile 1927, quale direttore di quella Banda, come prima aveva diretto quella di Nicosa. Allievo del conservatorio di Palermo compì gli studi di composizione con i maestri Favara e Zuelli, diplomandosi nel 1896 col presentare agli esami finali una Scena lirica per grande orchestra, e una Fuga a 5 voci. È autore di musica orchestrale (Ouverture, Suite, Intermezzo); Lirica per archi; Pezzi per violino e pianoforte (Romanza, Lirica, Serenata); l’opera in un atto Pompadour, libretto di F. Amato (Avola Tr. Garibaldi); l’operetta La Favola della Principessa. / Carlo Schmidl, Dizionario Universale dei Musicisti, Appendice al primo e secondo volume, Casa editrice Sonzogno, Milano, 1938

♦ Irresistibile (Fox Trot) per 2 mandolini e chitarra, included in the magazine IL PLETTRO June/1924, Alessandro Vizzari, Milano

 

A Concert with the Duo AREKIPE (Kathy Lasso & Ricardo Sandoval) with Matthias Collet

A concert with the Duo AREKIPERicardo Sandoval (Venezuela) and Kathy Lasso (Colombia) – has recently been added to the youtube channel of Ricardo Sandoval.

The guitarist Matthias Collet joined the duo for this concert.

You can hear a nice program of duets and trios for mandolins, bandurrias (or bandola andina) and guitar.

Programm

  • Pasillito (Paulo Triviño)
  • Nostalgia (Gerson Garcia)
  • Señor JOU (Pablo Camacaro)
  • Diablesa (Juan Pablo Ceballos)
  • Por una cabeza (Alfredo Lepera / Carlos Gardel) arr:: R Sandoval
  • El Cruzao (Ricardo Sandoval)
  • Emilia II (Luis A. Calvo)
  • Bacatá (Francisco Cristancho)
  • Entre las sombras (Ricardo Sandoval)
  • A.B.C.D. (León Cardona)
  • Soñar es volar (Ricardo Sandoval)

Playliste

Concierto de Duo AREKIPE (Kathy Lasso & Ricardo Sandoval) con Matthias Collet.
Espacio Ronda – Madrid
domingo 26 de abril de 2015.

 

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