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The Pastoral Fantasy (1975) for Mandolin Orchestra by Hiro…

Hiro Fujikake or Fujikake Hiroyuki – which is the proper name in Japan – is one of the most important composers of Japan.

He has won several prices, the following is an excerpt from the Hiro Fujikake Fan page The Fantastic World of Hiro Fujikake: http://www.geocities.jp/fujikake_music/ where you can find further information:

Since his university days he has won lots of prizes for his composition work. Of all the prizes he received, the biggest is the Grand Prix of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium awarded for his symphonic work “The Rope Crest” in 1977.

Some of the others are: the Ongakunotomo Composition Prize for “Two Poems for Chorus” in 1970, the second prize of the NHK Mainichi Music Competition for “Threnody” in 1974, the All Japan Band Association’s Test Piece Composition Prize for “Concertino Overture” in 1975, the Japan Mandolin Union Composition Prize for “Pastoral Fantasy” in 1975, the first prizes of the Sasagawa competition successively for “Nostalgic Rhapsody” in 1975 and for “Chaconne” in 1976, the Japan Symphony Foundation’s Composition Prize for “The Song of Spring” in 1990.

“Pastoral Fantasy” is very popular in Japan and is played by many mandolin orchestras. I have found youtube videos of four different performances.

At the beginning of the next video you can see Hiro Fujikake during the rehearsal giving advices and information to the players:

Pastoral Fantasy 1-First half【前半】

Hiro Fujikake compose and conduct
Yonago Mandolin Orchestra

Pastoral Fantasy 2nd half【後半】

My second example is the GEN mandolin orchestra with a recent youtube video:

GEN – Mandolinenorchester

パストラル ファンタジー 1

パストラル ファンタジー2

“Pastoral Fantasy” for Mandolin Orchestra #1 :Hiro Fujikake

Sheet music(Score and Parts) are available from http://www.muse-factory.com “Pastoral Fantasy” was composed 1975. Hiro Fujikake conducted his own work. This performance was in 2006 at Nagoya where this work was first performed by “Toukai Student Mandolin Union Orchestra

“Pastoral Fantasy” for Mandolin Orchestra #2 :Hiro Fujikake

Additional information

Compositions by Hiro Fujikake for mandolin and mandolin orchestra:

Fan Homepage about Hiro Fujikake – The Fantastic World of Hiro Fujikake:

youtube channel of the Keio High School Mandolin Club:

youtube channel of the GEN Mandolin Orchestra:


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GEN – Symphonic Mandolin Orchestra Music from Japan –…

Some days ago I have found a set of videos of an orchestra in Japan named “GEM”. The videos were made from the first concert of this big orchestra. The programs are composed of symphonic music by classical composers

This mandolin orchestra’s name is “GEN”. Karuizawa Ohga Hall (cont)

Here a selection of the most interesting videos:

Edvard Grieg, Aus Holbergs Zeit op. 40, Prelude

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 6, Pastorale

Second part:

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski, The Nutcracker op. 71 – Tanz der Zuckerfee

This is one movement from Tschaikowskis Nutcracker suite – the other movement were played as well and can be found at youtube too:

A Londonderry Air

Antonin Dvorak, Sinfonie Nr.9 “Aus der Neuen Welt” 2. Satz

Second part:



Ricardo Sandoval in Japan – Music from Venezuela with…

Riccardo Sandoval, the mandolin palyer from Venezuela, has visited Japan several times. A set of about 20 videos from a concert in Japan from last October are available at youtube. Ricardo Sandoval plays mainly mandolin, but also the bandola llanera from Venezuela. He is accompanied by guitar, cajon, mandolin and mandola.

Let’s start with a great Calipso by Ricard Sandoval – the group has a lot of fun playing this:

Bumbac (Ricardo Sandoval) Calipso

“Café Para Dos”
Ricardo Sandoval: mandolina
Matthias Collet: guitarra
Ayuko Ikeda: percusión
Masataka Hori: mandolina
Daigo Marumoto: mandola

Concierto Luther Ichigawa Center, Tokyo, 27 octubre 2009, Organizado por Yuichi Iguchi

El Cruzao (Ricardo Sandoval) Joropo

“Café Para Dos”
Ricardo Sandoval: mandolina
Matthias Collet: guitarra

Concierto Luther Ichigawa Center, Tokyo, 27 octubre 2009, Organizado por Yuichi Iguchi

A beautiful waltz for mandolin and guitar:

Y Además (Cristóbal Soto) Vals-Danza

La Bonchona (Mao Fermín) Merengue

Contradanza (Aquiles Báez) Contradanza

Finally another great tune with the cajon played by Ayuko Ikeda

A Ultima Hora (Ricardo Sandoval) Joropo

Many more videos of this great concert:


Website Ricardo Sandoval: http://www.ricardosandoval.com/

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O mio babbino caro – Giacomo Puccini – Beautiful…

Some days ago a recording of O mio babbino caro played by Carlo Aonzo could be downloaded from Acoustic Oasis – a piece that I liked immediately very much. O mio babbino caro is an aria from Puccinis opera Gianni Schicci. It is a lovely melody, especially when it is played by mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra like in my first example.

KMC10concert O mio babbino caro

Next a recording of the version sung by famous Maria Callas:

Maria Callas, O Mio Babbino Caro

Now another version with mandolin and guitar, played by Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger – obviously the sound is taken from their CD and they play along on the street.

O’Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Loving Daddy)

Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger playing O’Mio Babbino Caro at Monterey Concorso Italiano (2009). Video by Anthony Mata.


Sheet music

You can find sheet music of this melody at:  http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/o-mio-babbino.html

Nigel Gatherer has another version of this: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab5/omio1.html

This aria, which translates as Oh, My Dear Daddy, is from Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicci, first staged in 1918. This arrangement is based upon Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo’s rendering of it on the CD Traversata (Acoustic Disc ACD-47, 2001). It is tremoloed throughout. I have also arranged a harmony for the piece, which can be accessed here.

Finally my own version of this beautiful melody:

Enjoy playing this lovely melody on your mandolin!

Great book with Italian melodies for mandolin (Amazon partner link)

Northern Italian & Ticino Region Folk Songs for Mandolin