Documentary – Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments – Tolgahan Çoğulu

Tolgahan Çoğulu has worked on a project to present wooden instruments from Turkey. This has been inspired by the World Wood Day on March 21st.

The result is the following playlist with 17 videos that present the instruments:

  • Ud
  • Ney
  • microtonal guitar
  • Tar
  • Kemençe
  • Bağlama
  • fretless guitar
  • Kemane
  • Kanun
  • Tulum
  • Dede Efendi
  • Tanbur
  • Erbane
  • Mey
  • Darbuka
  • Kaval (six string Bağlama)

A great project in which excellent artists demonstrate the instruments and the playing techniques.

Documentary – Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments


In the youtube channel of the International Wood Culture Society I have found two other videos with musical instruments, presenting the mandolin maker Carlo Mazzaccara and a luthier of the Oud:




Additional Information

International Wood Culture Society’s Documentary: Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments
Documentary Supervisor: Tolgahan Çoğulu

World Wood Day 2015

Tolgahan Çoğulu

Ernesto Becucci – The famous waltz “Tesoro Mio” and other Compositions – Sheet Music for Mandolin & Guitar

Ernesto Becucci (1845 – 1905) was a popular and succesful Italian composer during the second half of the 19th century. Especially his composition “Tesoro Mio” has been successful all over the world.

His compositions have also been arranged for mandolin and mandolin orchestra. In the monthly reports about published music (Hofmeisters Monatsberichte) from 1906 I have found a note about the composition “Erhaschte Küsse Op. 294” in a version for mandolin solo or with piano or guitar accompaniment:


The composition “Che Ridere!” played by the mandolin ensemble “Mutinae Plectri” can be seen in the following video:

I have also found a historical recording with Troise and his Mandoliers (Selecta Plectrum Orchestra), a recording of  “Che ridere” by the Ensemble Ansamblul “ANIMO” from Moldavia and another version of “Tesoro Mio” with mandolins, mandocello and guitar (sheet music for this arrangement can be found in the Mandolin Cafe forum – see below).

There are many other versions with piano, accordion, carouselorgan or with bigger orchestras.

I have compiled compositions by Ernesto Becucci in the following playlist – enjoy the music by Ernesto Becucci!

Playlist Ernesto Becucci

Additional Information and Sheet Music

This is a well-known Italian waltz, originally written in 1895 for piano and adapted to many other settings over the following century. The original piano score is at IMSLP and there are many recordings, old and new, on Youtube. Pasquale Troise recorded it at one of his very first Decca sessions around 1929/30 (Link) with his Selecta Plectrum Mandoline Orchestra, shortly to be renamed “Troise & His Mandoliers”.

Becucci was a popular composer of the day and this is his best-known tune. He was a contemporary of Carlo Munier in Florence, and Munier dedicated his Duettino I to Becucci.

My recording is based on an arrangement for two mandolins and guitar published around 1910/20 by A. Paolilli’s Music Co., Providence R.I., and uploaded by Sheri in her Dropbox thread. I have recorded the original mandolin parts on vintage Italian bowlback mandolins, and have added a mandocello bass line to the guitar rhythm.

You can also find a number of free sheet music downloads for piano in the French National Library bnf:

Another compostion can be found on the site of James Garber:

Sheet music by Becucci from the Nakano library

O Charme do Choro – The Great Female Choro Band from Brazil

O Charme do Choro is a six piece female choro band. Composed of flute, two guitars, cavaquinho, pandeiro and bandolim they play Brazilian choros including some of the great choros like Santa Morena, “Vibrações”, Brejeiro, Pedacinhos do Céu and of course Carinhoso.

The group has existed for more than eight years now and had some spectacular performances during the last years. The played with singer Dona Onete and with guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos in a show named O Terruá Pará, and you can find several videos from this show at youtube.

They always play in a beautiful outfit, using dresses with flowers, dresses in different colors or all in red. It’s fun to watch and listen to O Charme do Choro.

Enjoy O Charme do Choro!

Playlist – O Charme do Choro



Additional Information

youtube channel O Charme do Choro

O Charme do Choro at Facebook

Videos of the show Terruá Pará

Some of my related articles tagged “choro”:

Hamilton de Holanda – The great Brazilian Bandolim Player – Choro, Jazz and more

I have compiled a new playlist with Hamilton de Holanda and listened to this great Brazilian bandolim player during the last weeks. Hamilton plays alone, with piano or with bigger ensembles. He plays his 10-strings bandolim which has become very popular in Brazil during the recent years.

Hamilton plays traditional choros, Brazilian Jazz and many of his own compositions. He is a fantastic, creative musician and composer, and he is travelling around the world with his music.

Enjoy the music of Hamilton de Holanda!

Additional information

Interview with Hamilton de Holanda – a geat way to hear about his music and the bandolim:

Website Hamilton de Holanda

Wikipedia about Hamilton de Holanda

link collection Hamilton de Holanda – reviews, interviews, etc.

Interview with Hamilton de Holanda (German)

“Gute Musik braucht keine Etiketten, um zu existieren”, sagt Hamilton de Holanda, der schon seit 33 Jahren vernarrt in den Bandolim ist, eine Weiterentwicklung der Mandoline.

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