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John Reischman: A Prairie Jewel – A Beautiful Tune…

I am currently reviewing a list of songs and tunes that I have collected for my band Blackberry Jam. A beautiful instrumental for the mandolin is A Prairie Jewel by John Reischman. John Reischman is one of the best sounding mandolin players that I know. His album North of the Border belongs to my all time favorite mandolin albums.

John Reischman : A Prairie Jewel

“A Prairie Jewel” is from John Reischman’s exquisite 2013 release, “Walk Along John”. His website is http://www.johnreischman.com “One of the most tasteful and accomplished mandolinists anywhere.” – Acoustic Musician

A live video of A Prairie Jewel can be found on the website of Peghead Nation:

https://pegheadnation.com/featured-videos/back-room/john-reischman-kenny-smith-prairie-jewel/

My version as a Mandolin & Guitar duet:

I have not found any TABs for this tune, but as it is a slow tune it is easy to learn from the videos.

Chord Chart:


Buy John Reischman – Walk Along John (Amazon partnerlink)

Another great album by John Reischman – one of my favorite albums:

North of the Border

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Valzer per un Amore – A Great Song by…

Valzer per un Amore – I have discovered this song years ago, and every now and than I need to search for it again. Now I have compiled a post about this song to find it better next time.

The song has been written by Fabrizio de André who is one of the most important singers and composer of songs in Italy. You can find the most important information about Fabrizi de André in the Wikipedia.

The melody of this song is based on a composition by the Italian composer Gino MarinuziValzer Campestre. This is a recording of the Valzer Campestre played by the Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri

Valzer Campestre, dalla Suite Siciliana di Gino Marinuzzi.
Qui è eseguito dalla Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri.
Una celebre versione è quella di Fabrizio De Andre nel disco Nuvole Barocche.

Il paesaggio che si vede è quello delle campagne fra Aidone (Enna) e Raddusa (Catania)

The song has been published by Fabrizio de André on his album nuvole barocche in 1969, there are many videos with this recording on youtube:

I have found many videos with versions by other artists. I have compiled the best videos in my playlist below. In this playlist you can also find several videos with the original Valzer Campestre by Gino Marinuzzi.

Read more “Valzer per un Amore – A Great Song by Fabrizio de André – Valzer Campestre by Gino Marinuzzi”

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Abbate Ranieri Capponi – Sonata 8 for Mandolin and…

One of my favorite Baroque pieces for mandolin and guitar is the Sonata 8 by Abbate Ranieri Capponi. I have found videos with Katsia Prakopcyk, Marissa Carroll, Natalia Marashova, Camilla Finardi and Sebastián Vera at youtube. You can also download a podcast with a recording by Caterina Lichtenberg  from the site of the Spanish Radio RTVE.

  • Duo La Corda: Katsia Prakopchyk, mandolin, Jan Skryhan, guitar
  • Natalia Marashova – Barock Mandolin, Denis Ivanov – Harpsichord.
  • ‘PlettroMano’ (https://www.facebook.com/PlettroMano) – Marissa Carroll and Joel Woods
  • Duo “Le Gentil Dame”: Mandolino: Camilla Finardi, Violoncello: Daniela Santamaura.
  • Sebastián Vera (bandola) y Luis Hernández (guitarra) aus Kolumbien

Playliste Sonata 8 – Abbate Ranieri Capponi

Podcast with Caterina Lichtenberg and Mirko Schrader (Duetto Giocondo) – Spanish Radio RTVE

SIGNORELLI: Sonata para mandolina y laúd (9’20”).

CAPPONI: Sonata para mandolina y laúd (11’17”). Duetto Giocondo.

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Giacomo Sartori – Armonie Alpine – Omaggio a Trento…

Giacomo Sartori is one of the important Italian composers of mandolin orchestra music. The works by Sartori have become public domain in 2017 – 70 years after his death in 1946.

Some works by Sartori have belonged to the repertoir of almost every mandolin orchestra, especially the waltz Tramonto and the Potpourri Popolare are great works in the typical Italian style of mandolin music of the early 20th century.

A biography of Giacomo Sartori can be found on the website of the mandolin orchestra Euterpe.

I have started to make scans of the works by G. Sartori that I own, at the moment the following two compositions are available in the Petrucci Library. I have found videos with performances of the two pieces:

Omaggio a trento

Actuación de la Orquesta de Plectro “Torre del Alfiler” en el XII Festival Internacional de Plectro Ciudad de Valladolid.
Omaggio a Trento, de Mario Giacomo Sartori.

Armonie Alpine

The mandolin orchestra Aurora from Vacallo in Switzerland was founded in 1926 by master Vittorio Pozzi. The video was recorded in 1981.

TRIBUTO a Vittorio Pozzi & ensamble AURORA di Vacallo.(CH)
Video del concerto eseguito nella chiesa di Santa Croce a Vacallo 1981: diretto dal maestro VITTORIO POZZI . Il circolo mandolinistico è un complesso del basso TICINO ha origini lontanissime, costituito nel 1926, quando alcuni giovani appassionati di mandolino e chitarra furono riuniti ed istruiti dal maestro VITTORIO POZZI denominata ORCHESTRA AURORA. Il Video è un raro documento che ben poche orchestre lo possono vantare per la data 1981 registrato su apparecchiature browcast.

Free sheet music available in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP)

(the scores are also available from my website – see below)

I will add more scans of works by Giacomo Sartori during the next months. If you can contribute scores to be scanned please contact me!

Additional information

with additional information about Giacomo Sartori, the competition and pictures. The 6th International Competition Giacomo Sartori for mandolin orchestras, mandolin quartets and mandolin & guitar duets will take place April 21 – 23 2017 in Ala in Italy.