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William Jonas Fletcher jun. – Mandolinist – Fletcher’s Standard…

Long time ago I could buy a mandolin method – Fletcher’s Standard Mandoline Tutor. I found some information about other compositions of the same author with publishing dates in the late 19th century. The method was most probably published in 1896.

Recently I found some articles about the Fletcher family in some B.M.G. magazines from 1962. I have compiled the relevant pages in the following gallery:

Biography of William Jonas Fletcher jun.

MOST FAMOUS William Jonas Fletcher, Jr.

The eldest child and easily the most famous of this gifted family was born on October 18th, 1874. His early years were devoted to the violin; indeed, in 1895 he gained an Honours Degree from the College of Violinists.

Then quite suddenly he switched to the mandolin. No doubt, as was stated officially, this was partly for business reasons but it was roumored (though it might have merely been idle gossip) that the inequitable reward elsewhere of the gold medal in a contest had a good deal to do with this abandonment of the violin.

In after years, however, he always asserted that a working knowledge of the violin gave a mandolinist a technical advantage over players lacking such experience.

He was tall, good-looking and of slight build. Though apt to fuss a little when things went wrong prior to a concert, every one in the orchestra – and indeed throughout the fretted instrument world – loved “Will,” as he was known to all.

He was married on Christmas Day , 1901, when he was twenty-seven – his wife being Hannah Hilda Grandi, a mandola player in the orchestra. He was always the star soloist at the orchestra’s many concerts and was renowned for his expressive style, admirably clear picking in fast passages and his arched wrist. Indeed the records of his solos issued in November 1901 by the Edison Phonograph Co. were considered the most satisfactory mandolin recordings until then. I wonder if any can have survived ?

He was supposed to be the first English-born player of the mandolin to make use of the extended fingerboard.

Apart from his numerous compositions (and to a sound musical training he joined the gift of melody) his repertoire was extensive, consisting mainly of Bach and Beethoven – always from the original scores. He often appeared at the St. James’s Hall and similar concerts, (starring with Cammeyer, Farland and Obregon) and his career, brilliant as it was, presaged still greater triumphs when the world of fretted instruments was stunned to learn of his death from pulmonary tuberculosis on Sunday, 16th October 1904.


Fletcher’s Standard Mandoline Tutor is available for download from the Petrucci Library: https://imslp.org/wiki/Fletcher’s_Standard_Mandoline_Tutor_(Fletcher%2C_William_Jonas)

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Mandolin Syllabuses and Examination Regulations

Mandolin syllabuses and examination regulations are helpful to give hints about what you can play on the mandolin.

I have compiled the mandolin syllabuses that I know in this post. I have compiled syllabuses in different languages. As those lists are mainly lists of composers and sheet music titles you shouild be able to use it even if you do not understand the language.

You can find a link list in my link collection: Link collection mandolin syllabus


Thekla Mattischek – Aspekte des Unterrichts auf der Mandoline / Mandola

Thekla Mattischek has compiled some important aspects about teaching the mandolin in a document. At the end of the document you can also find a small list of recommended music for the mandolin. You can find the article on the following page: Fachartikel und Noten (www.mandoline.de)


Literaturliste für die Oberstufe des Gymnasiums (Bayern)

Regulations for mandolin players at secondary schools in Bavaria can be found on this page: Literaturlisten


Victoria College Exams has been offering examinations, held at local centres continually since 1890. The rules and levels for the examinantions have been compiled in syllabuses for the dirfferent instruments. The examinations for mandolin have been added on a recommendation by Alison Stephens.

The syllabus for mandolin can be downloaded from the folling page: Victoria College – Request a Syllabus


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Henrik Luurtsema – Mandolin Player from the Netherlands –…

Hendrik Luurtsema is a mandolin player from the Netherlands. I have recently discovered his mandolin videos when I was looking for other recordings of Midnight on the Water which I had just recorded for my youtube channel.

When I was looking for more information about Hendrik I found his new blog where he is sharing recordings and sheet music of mandolin tunes composed by him. Hendrik presents his pieces with some background information about what has inspired him to compose the tune and about his recording.

Hendrik has played in Bluegrass bands Close to Home (information in German) and before in a folk band name Trice. He is currently active with his duo luurtsema & klein

Hendrik is also an active member of the Mandolin Cafe, he has recorded many videos for the Song of the Week social club.

This is his tune Circus Luurtieful

Playlist Hendrik Luurtsema

I have compiled my favorite mandolin tunes plyed by Hendrik in this playlist – you can find many more videos in Hendriks youtube channel.

My Version of The Valley of Malgum by Hendrik Luurtsema

Additional information

Het leven is vol met uitersten.

Soms is het vrolijk, soms is het mineur.

Soms een grap en grol, soms heel serieus.

luurtsema & klein bezingen met hun liederen alles waar het leven vol van is.

Hendrik plays – among other mandolins – a twopoint Bluegrass mandolin built by Teun van Duijvenbode

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Clayton’s Grand March by C. D. Blake – Free…

In my sheet music archive I have an edition of  Clayton’s Grand March by Charles Dupee Blake (Sep. 13, 1847 — Nov. 23, 1903), arranged for mandolin orchestra by F. Kollmaneck. Als the copyright of this sheet music has expired I have made a scan of the sheet music – check the free download link below.

Clayton’s Grand March has been published in 1878. The sheet music can be found in two sheet music collections (see below).

C. D. Blake was a very popular composer and he has composed many popular pieces. You can find some information about C. D. Blake in the Petrucci Library.

I have found the following historical recording of the March played by the Victor Military Band in the Archive of thre Library of Congress:

Clayton’s Grand March – Historical Recording (1914) by the Victor Military Band

There are some videos of piano versions, including version for 4 hands and 6 hands at youtube. I have compiled some videos in the following playlist:

Playlist Clayton’s Grand March

Free Download of the version for mandolin orchestra (PDF):

The arrangement is scord for 1st mandolin, 2nd mandolin, mandola, guitar and mando-cello:

Sheet music for piano:
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Additional information and other free sheet music by C. D. Blake in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):

My link collection about C. D. Blake: