Mandolins, Pandurinas, Mandolones and Colachons – Catalog of the Music Instruments Museum in Cöln 1910/1912

On the website I have found two books showing the musical instruments collection of a museum in Cöln (Cologne).

The second volume of the catalog describes the plucked instruments. For this article I have selected the mandolin family and extracted the pictures. The quality of those pictures  is not the best, but they are very interesting anyway.

Musikhistorisches Museum von Wilhelm Heyer in Cöln : Kleiner Katalog der Sammlung alter Musikinstumente, verfast von Georg Kinsky

Pictures of mandolins, pandurinas, mandolones and colachons

Klick on any image to open the gallery – from there you can download the pictures in a higher resolution.


Additional Information:

Doppelmandoline in the Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig

Mailänder Mandoline

A gallery of guitars from this book is available in my other blog

Mandolin Methods, a Mandolin Album and free Sheet Music for Mandolin – Royal Library Copenhagen

In the digital archive of the Royal Library in Copenhagen you can find some free sheet music for the mandolin.

I have found several mandolin methods and a volume “Mandolin players entertainment album” with more than 200 pages with music for mandoline solo, studies for mandolin and pieces for mandolin and guitar.

The mandolin methods are intended for beginners. They contain some folk tunes and folk daces from Scandinavia and some tunes that were popular at the beginning of the 20th century.

This is the list of sheet music for mandolin available form the Royal Library in Copenhagen at the moment:

  • Bröndberg, Olaf A. Mandolin Skole [2014]
  • Friis, Anda Ørngreen Mandolin Skole egnet for Selvstudium [2014]
  • Petersen, Albert Mandolinspillerens Underholdningsbog. 200 udvalgte Melodier, Variationer, Operaer, Danse, Øvelser for Mandolin solo og Mandolin med Guitar-Akkompagnement forsynede med Fingersætning og Penneføring / af Albert Petersen [2014]
  • Petersen, Albert Dania. Album for Mandolin og Guitar [2014]
  • Etlinger, Aug De tusind Hjem’s Musik-Skole. Udgave for Guitar. Ny skandinavisk Metode, uden Lærer selv at spille: Guitar! Mandolin! [2014]
  • Etlinger, Aug De tusind Hjems Musik-Skole : Udgave for Mandolin [2014]
  • Becker, Georg Berceuse for Violin eller Mandolin med Piano [2013]
  • Becker, Georg Adagio für Mandola oder Mandoline med Klavier [2007]
  • Becker, Georg Minuetto für Mandoline und Klavier-Begleitung [2007]
  • Henriques, Fini Valse-Serenade og Valse-grazioso for Mandolin og Guitar, Op. 36. [2011]
  • 12 spanske Danse og Melodier, arrangerede for Mandolin og Guitar (med 2den Mandolin ad libitum) af A. Eggers : Bind I-III [2007]
  • Aperte, Pedro …Cordobesa… : (habanera pour mandoline et guitare avec 2e mandoline ad libitum) / Aperte [2007]
  • Aperte, Pedro …Sensitiva : 4. habanera… (pour mandoline et guitare avec 2e mandoline ad libitum) / Aperte [2007]
  • Aperte, Pedro …Zaragoza : pas redoublé…(pour mandoline et piano avec 2e mandoline ad libitum) / Aperte [2007]
  • Kjerulf, Charles Sangen om Vesuv af “Santa Lucia” arr. for Mandolin og Guitar af Frederik Birket-Smith. [2007]
  • Degen, Søffren Trois Pièces pour Mandoline, Violon ou Flûte et Guitarre. op 15 [2007]
  • Lille Mandolinskole : Vejledning i Mandolinspil [2014]
  • Nordly, Im Mandolinskole til Undervisning og til Selvstudie [2014]
  • Rung, Henrik Duetti pel Mandolino e la Chitarra / composti da Enrico Rung e Federigo Rung [2011]
  • Rung, Henrik 3 Duetti per Mandolino e la Chitarra composti da Enrico Rung [2007]
  • Matthison-Hansen, Wilhelm Chanson arabe pour 4 Mandolines, Mandola et Guitares 1 & 2. L’Arrangement par Wilh. Matthison-Hansen : Partition et Parties [2013]
  • Matthison-Hansen, Wilhelm Chant national Béarnais pour 4 Mandolines, Mandola et Guitare / L’Arrangement par Wilh. Matthison-Hansen : Partition et Parties [2013]
  • Cannas, C. …Séguidille… : [pour] 2 mandolines et guitare [2007]


I have compiled some pictures of the covers and illustrations, and also some examples of the music:

Pictures from the Mandolin Methods in the Royal Library in Copenhaben


Additional Informationen

To find all the pieces you need to use severeal search terms – I have not found an easy method to find everything with one single search:

Search for “mandolin” in the Royal Library

Search for “mandolinskole”

Search for “mandoline”

Search for “mandolines”

In the Royal Library you can also find free sheet music for guitar, violin and other instruments – I am sure that you can discover more interesting items!

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

Last year friend told me a bout a great concert he had visited some time ago – a concert titled “Mediterraneo” played by Christina Pluhar and the ensemble L’Arpeggiata. The ensemble used all kinds of plucked instruments including an instrument with an extremly long neck – a theorbo.

Christina Pluhar and the ensemble L’Arpeggiata have recorded several great CDs. You can find many videos from concerts from all over the world with examples from their program. I have compiled a playlist with my favorite videos.

The first video in the playlist is from a concert given in Athens, Greece. In this concert all kinds of plucked instruments have been used. This is a great example of how a concert with Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata might take place.

Playlist Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata

The music played by L’Arpeggiata includes old music (Via Crucis), folk music from the Mediterranean (Mediterrano), music from South America (Los Pajaros Perdidos). Instruments include the theorbo, the baroque guitar and baroque harp, oud, saz, baglama, Prtuguese guitar and other instruments. It’s really fun to watch those videos, beside the music you can see dance and movement, the musicians are very active, and you can see that they enjoy it very much to play the music.

The latest CD – Music for a While – is dedicated to the music of Henry Purcell. This might be a great recording for the friends of the Elisabethean lute music of John Dowland and Thomas Robinson. My playlist contains some of the pieces form this CD at the end.

Additional Information

Wikipedia über Christina Pluhar (German)

Wikipedia about Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata

Website L’Arpeggiata

youtube chanel of L’Arpeggiata

A related article from my blog (in German)

Partnerlink – CDs by Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata at Amazon:


The Kerman Mandolin Quartet plays Mozart Quartets – Crowd Funding Project

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet has started a crowd funding campaign for their first CD. This mandolin quartet has been founded by Jacob Reuven about two years ago. It is composed of professional players of mandolin, mandola and mandolocello. The name of the quartet is derived from the instruments that all four players are playing – instruments made by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman.

Jacob Reuven is one of the important mandolin players from Israel, he has played as soloist with many orchestras. Fabio Gallucci and Vincent Beer-Demander are active mandolin players, conductors and composers based in the South of France, they have recorded several CDs as soloist and with their Nov Mandolin Ensemble. Mari Carmen Simon has studied in Spain with Caridad Simón and Pedro Chamorro, then with Juan Carlos Muñoz in the Conservatory of Music of Esch-Sur-Alzette (Luxemburg). Mari studied also Baroque Music with Agostino Cirillo.

The program of the CD will be composed of four quartets composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  • Divertimento in D, K.136
  • “Dissonance” Quartet, K. 465
  • “A Little Night Music”, K. 525
  • Serenade Nocture, K.239

If you want to support this interesting recording project you can find the klink for the crow funding page below.

Invitation by Jacob Reuven

Dear Friends,
My quartet, The Kerman Mandolin Quartet, is about to record its first album – a CD dedicated to string quartets by Mozart. This recording is of great historical and personal importance. It is the first ever such recording done on mandolins, and is a tremendous step in promoting mandolins everywhere.
I ask you, as friends, to please take a moment and check out our crowd funding page at:
Watch the video, share it with your friends, and hopefully also become our partner. I promise the best music possible in return.
Thank you. It really means the world to me.

Promo text:

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet, which bears the name of the Israeli luthier Arik Kerman, is formed of four internationally acclaimed solo mandolinists: Jacob Reuven from Israel, Fabio Gallucci from Italy, Vincent Beer-Demander from France and Mari Carmen Simon from Spain.
For the past 20 years, Arik Kerman has been collaborating with mandolinist Jacob Reuven in order to create an instrument of matchless possibilities of sound and colour. Using the knowledge and traditions of violin building, Kerman has been producing instruments that enable mandolinists to play repertoire originally written for violin and other string instruments with great success, thus helping to integrate the mandolin into the classical concert stage and significantly broaden its repertoire possibilities.?
The Kerman Mandolin Quartet’s objective is to produce new performances of pieces originally written for string quartets as well as arrangements, contemporary music and new commissions.

Playlist Kerman Mandolin Quartet

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet has published many great videos that proof the high quality of this group. I have compiled the videos in the following playlist which starts with videos of Mozart Quartets. Other pieces in the list are a concert by Antonio Vivaldi, Contrapunctus 1 from the Art of the Fugue by J. S. Bach, Asturias by Isaak Albeniz, Movements from the string quartet Mishima by Philip Glass, and finally some tango compositions by Astor Piazzolla. At the end of the playlist you can find an interview with Jacob Reuven.

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