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The best Mandolin Duets – Sheet Music and Videos

Some time ago I have been asked if I can recommend any mandolin duets. So I started to make some research and look for videos and sheet music for two mandolins.

Duets for two mandolins are not so frequently found as duets for mandolin and guitar. Sheet music for two mandolins is more difficult to find.

The most important artists playing music for two mandolins today are probably Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall. Carlo Aonzo has played together with Brian Oberlin on some occasions. Mike Marshall has played together with Chris Thiele and with the bandolim players Hamilton de Holanda or Danilo Brito. All Bluegrass mandolin players are used to play melody and chords – so they do occasionally play as a mandolin duo.

Pieces for a melody instrument with accompaniment can be played as a mandolin duet if the second mandolin plays the chords or improvises a second part. In my playlist you can find several examples of this.

Classical Mandolin Duets – A List of the BDZ

On the website of the BDZ (Bund Deutscher Zupfmuskier, association of mandolin orchestras in Germany) you can find several lists of sheet music for mandolin and guitar, including a list for mandolin duet.

sheet music for mandolin and guitar
sheet music for two mandolins.

Playlist – Mandolin Duets

In my playlist of mandolin duets I have collected classical mandolin duets but also mandolin duets with bluegrass, folk or choro. Let yourself be inspired to find interesting music for two mandolins.

Duo Galante – Musik für Mandoline – Playlist

Caterina Lichtenberg and Silke Lisko have recorded an album with music for two mandolins some time ago. This album includes classical mandolin duets from the 18th century and duets from the romantic period (Calace, Munier). The complete album is available at youtube.

You can find many mandolin duets in the old mandolin methods from around 1900. The method by Cristofaro includes so called Recreations for teacher and student. Some great sounding duets can be found in the method by Janvier Pietrapertosa. You can check the free mandolin methods on my website MandoIsland –  Mandolin method – MandoIsland.

I have collected links for syllabuses for the mandolin  check this: Linksammlung Lehrplan Mandoline

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Florentino Calvo – An Important Mandolinist from France

Florentino Calvo is one of the leading mandolinists from France. He has studied mandolin and guitar at the concervatory of music and dance in Argenteuil with Mario Monti and in the masterclass of Alberto Ponce.

Florentino Calvo is especially interested in contemporary music. Together with the trio Polycordes (mandolin, harp and guitar) he has premiered and recorded many contemporary compositions.

But Florentino Calvo has also recorded several albums with the most important works for the mandoline of the 17th century and the Romantic age for mandolin solo or mandolin with piano, harpsichord or guitar.

Florentino Calvo is also the conductor of several orchestras like the Ensemble MG21.

I have found several live videos with Florentino Calvo and playlists of some of the albums.

Playlist Florentino Calvo

Beethoven Sonatine, recordings with the Trio Polycordes, Florentino Calvo as conductor

Complete albums at youtube

Gabriele Leone: Six sonates pour la mandoline et basse, Livre I (2015)

Ensemble Spirituoso

From Prag to Vienna

Florentino Calvo, Mandoline and Aline Zylberajch, Piano

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Anna Torge – Mandolin and Baroque Mandolin – Concertos…

The German mandolin player Anna Torge has studied modern and historical mandolin at the music university Köln/Wuppertal with Prof. Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. Anna Torge has played two mandolin concertos in a concert of the Haydn-Festival in Brühl. This concert has been recorded by the WDR radio station and is available for streaming for a limited time.

Programm

Joseph Haydn Sinfonie d-Moll, Hob I:34

Johann Andreas Kauchlitz Konzert D-Dur für Mandoline und Streicher

Joseph Haydn Sinfonie d-Moll “Lamentatione”, Hob I:26 / Ouvertüre D-Dur zur Oper “Acide e Galatea”, Hob Ia:5

Giovanni Hoffmann Konzert D-Dur für Mandoline, Streicher, 2 Oboen und 2 Hörner

Joseph Haydn Sinfonie f-moll “La Passione”, Hob I:49

Anna Torge, Mandoline; Concerto Köln, Violine und Leitung: Markus Hoffmann

Recording from Aug. 27th 2018 Schloss Augustusburg, Brühl

The concert is available for streaming until Nov. 17 2018 on the WDR website and also on Soundcloud.

Anna Torge has recorded several mandolin albums during the last years. I have found the following two albums at youtube:

Playlist: Mandolin Concertos

Mandolin concertos by Emanuele Barbella, Giovanni Francesco Giuliani, Anonymous (Paisiello) and Giovanni Hoffmann; Anna Torge und die Kölner Akademie mit Michael Alexander Willens

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Japan Mandolin Union – 26th Solo Mandolin Competition –…

The Japan Mandolin Union (JMU) has held their 50th anniversary this year. Beside the publication of a regular journal about mandolin activities in Japan the JMU every two years a solo mandolin competition is executed.

This year the JMU has started their own youtube channel with videos from the anniversary concert and from the 26th solo mandolin competition

JMU 50th Anniversary Concert Part 2 SinfoniaTre-Pick (Composition: Hiroyuki Fujikake, Performance: Ensemble / Amedeo)

JMU 50th Anniversary Concert, Mandolin’s Poems (Composition: Takashi Kubota, Performance: Kubota Mandolinen Orchester)

The 26th Mandolin Soloist Competition Honorary / 1st Yoshihisa Fujikawa
Mandolin: Akiyoshi Fujikawa
Klavier: Yumi Fujii

Stria Hart: Fünf Arabesken aus Nr. 1, Nr. 5
T. Vitali: Chaconne
Schostakowitsch: Violinkonzert Nr. 1, 4. Satz

The 26th Mandolin Solo Contest Finale / 2nd Place Shinobu Arino

Mandoline: Arki Shinohara
Klavier: Haruka Kawachi

Stria Hart: Fünf Arabesken aus Nr. 1, Nr. 5
Raffaele Calace: Rapsodia Napoletana

Website Japan Mandolin Union