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historical recordings

Rudy Cipolla – An American Original

I am currently preparing a program with Italian mandolin music. On my search for more music I have found some tunes by Rudy Cipolla and started listening to music by Rudy Cipolla.

The music from the CD Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc) is available as youtube playlist and also on Spotify.

Playlist Rudy Cipolly – Portrait of an American Original

Spotify Playlist – Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original

One of my favorite tunes is the Study for two mandolins played by Radim Zenkl, a beautiful little duet.

I have made my own transcription of this duet and now have my own video:

This is another study for two mandolins – this one was recorded by Carlo Aonzo, David Grisman and Beppe Gambetta on the album “Traversata”

In the Mandolin Cafe you can find additional information in a discussion with pictures and also a link to a shared Dropbox folder by Sheri Mignano-Crawford with recordings from the Rudy Cipolla Memorial Tribute Concert and sheet music transcriptions of many Rudy Cipolla compositions.

Additional information

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe with link to a collection of recordings and sheet music by Rudy Cipolla

Bio (Acoustic Disc)

Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc)

Rudy Cipolla – Portrai of an American Original (discogs) with detailed information about all the tracks

LP – The World of Rudy Cipolla (Discogs)

historical recordings

Sivio Ranieri – Historical Mandolin Recordings

Recently Ralf Leenen and Alex Timmermann have added some interesting youtube videos about the life and music of Silvio Ranieri.

Silvio Ranieri – Historical Postcard (ca. 1932)

Ralf Leenen plays a historical record played by Silvio Ranieris mandolin orchestra on an original grammophone from the 1920s.

In a Chinese Teple Garden, by Ketelbey and En Badinant by Ambrosio

In a second video Ralf Leenen talks about the mandolin method by S. Ranieri and his connections with Ranieri.

The 3rd video you can hear a solo recording by Ranieri of The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens with piano accompaniment. In this video Ralf Leenen also analyses the playing of Ranieri which is very interesting.

Alex Timmermann has also added a youtube video about Silvio Ranieri including historical recordings of Sérenade badine by J. Gabriel.Marie, Arlequinade by Louis Ganne, Intermezzo from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ by Pietro Mascagni.

A sound video of a recording on a 78 RPM disk made in 1905 with music for Mandolin and Piano by Jean Gabriel-Marie and Louis Ganne performed by the Italian Mandolin virtuoso Silvio Ranieri, as well as a 78 RPM recording of Pietro Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ played by The Belgian Mandolin Orchestra (the Mandolin section of the ‘Grande Harmonie Royale Bruxelles) conducted by Silvio Ranieri (Rome, 1882 – 1956, Bruxelles).

Additional Information

IMSLP sheet music for En Badinant by Ambrosio

IMSLP sheet music In a Chinese Temple Garden by Ketelbey

IMSLP sheet music Le Carneval des Animaux by C. Saint-Saens

Sheet music for Sérenade badine by J. Gabriel-Marie (for clarinet)

Youtube channel Ralf Leenen

Backside of postcard with signature by Silvio Ranieri
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Strolling Mandolins – Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra…

I was searching for videos of Mattinata by Amedeo Amadei today and did also find some videos of Mattinata by Leoncavallo. Those videos included a video by an orchestra named Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra which made me curious.

Obviously the LP Strolling Mandolins  with 12 tracks was published by Warner Brothers Records in 1961, an EP Strolling Mandolins with only 4 tracks was published in the same year in Germany.

This is a great example of using mandolins and even a complete mandolin orchestra in a professional dance orchestra or bigband in the early 1960s.

This is the back cover of the LP that I have found:

… a quartet of mandolins, the bubbling style of Raoul Meynard, and all the romance of Italy

The subject of this lush album my Maestro Raoul Meynard is the mandolin – heard in solo, in duet and as a full orchestral section. He has taken the mandolin – a musical instrument traditionally associated with Romantic Italy – set in from of his sometimes lush, sometimes jaunty orchestra, and produced a sound that is both totally new and totally fetching.

And no wonder. Although admittedly a symbolic sound of Italy, the mandolin – no less than love itself – carries an International visa. It can be heard, enjoyed, and romanced to in any land.

For this recording, Raoul Meynard employed awhole section of mandolins, implemented them with several deeper-throated, rarely-heard mandolas, and wove them together with the sound of a guitar, a string bass, and a brisk percussion section. With these instruments, Meynard has fashioned a rich and brilliant sound, one evocative of every nuance of “the irresistible sounds of an Italian night.”

In Italy, the mandolin is known as “la voce cantante” – the singing voice. It is always carried close to the heart. Here is instrumental music with a singing voice. And here is music close to the heart. A magnificent serenade to lovers around the world.

Details about the Album at discogs

I have tried to find some information about Raoul Meynard, but I did not find anything useful. This is strange because Raoul Meynard has recorded several LPs except Strolling Mandolins.

You can listen to the tracks of Strolling Mandolin and some other tracks on youtube, I have compiled the following playlist:

Playlist Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra

Another orchestra with a similar style in Europe was the Mandolin Club de Paris – see the following post:

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favorite tunes

Ernesto Becucci – The famous waltz “Tesoro Mio” and…

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:

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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