I have recently found a nice compilation of historical recordings with banjo, mandolin and other instruments. Most of those recordings are available in other sources like i archive.org or the Antique Phonograph Music Program http://wfmu.org/playlists/AP
But it is much more easy to listen to those recordings on the following page:
Banjo Bands, Mandolin Orchestras, Accordion, Hawaiian guitar and ukulele, and xylophone
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In the transitions of the turn of the century some musical instruments made attempts to create an orchestral distribution of their tones in imitation of string ensembles. Other musical fads involved exotic sounds and instrumentation.
Maybe the greatest historical video is the following movie with Bernardo de Pace:
World Famous Mandolin Virtuoso Bernardo De Pace (1886-1966).
This is another historical recording that is availabe as a youtube video:
The Three Stripped Gears Alabama Blues
Read related articles:
- “Love’s Dream after the Ball” ♫ Waltz / Intermezzo by Alphons Czibulka ♫ Free Sheet Music for Mandolin Orchestra
- Enrico Toselli – Famous Serenade – Free Sheet Music für Mandolin and Guitar
- The Athenian Mandolin Quartet – Historical Recordings
- The Man With The Mandolin (1939)
More articles about historical recordings in my blog:
Posts in my German blog about historical recordings: