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Brasil na Pauta – Luperce Miranda – Great Choros…

Luperce Miranda is one of the most important composer of choros for the bandolim, the brazilian mandolin. Miranda was born in 1904 and died in 1977, he has composed more than 500 choros.

You can find some biographical notes about Miranda in the Choro Blog: Luperce Miranda – King of the Mandolin

Many of Mirandas compositions are played until today. The Brazilian bandolim player  Dudu Maia has recorded a complete CD with compositions by Miranda some time ago with his band A Quattro.

Bandolim Brasileiro – A Quattro toca Luperce Miranda

Dudu Maia – bandolim 10 cordas
Fernando Cesar – violao 7 cordas
Pedro vasconcellos – cavaco
Valerinho – pandeiro

musica: norival aos sessenta (Luperce Miranda)
www.myspace.com/bandolimbrasileiro

Compositions by Luperce Miranda have been published some time ago in a book titled Brasil na Pauta (da Fonseca publishing company – it might be difficult to find this, but I can really recommend this book!).

The transcriptions in this edition are very clear, the typical rhytmical variations played in choro music have not been included in the transcriptions. Instead the basic rhythm of the music has been transcribed. This makes it quite easy to read and play those pieces, and so I think that this book is very good suited for beginners who want to start to play choro music. Later it is still possible to add the rhythmical variations – those can be learned from listening to good recordings of choro music.

The book does also contain useful biographical information about Luperce Mirand – unfortunately only in Portuguese. However one important information can be found, that should be known. Miranda frequently used an instrument for his recordings that was tuned in A instead in G. The transcriptions in this book however were based on the sound of the music. To play the pieces in the way they were played by Miranda it is necessary to play some of the pieces one note lower than transcribed. For some pieces this does not make a big difference, but for other pieces it is absolutely necessary to be able to play the pieces in the required tempo.

One of the best pieces composed by Luperce Mirando is Quando me Lembro. This piece is frequently played on the bandolim, but also on the guitar or even on the accordion. For mandolin players this is a really interesting piece with typical elements of the classical mandolin technique – especially a beautiful part in duo style.

The following video shows a version played by Marco de Pinna, other versions can be found in my playlist at the end.

Danilo Brito – Quando me Lembro (Luperce Miranda) – Instrumental SESC Brasil – 30/03/2010

Nomeado o melhor instrumentista brasileiro, aos 19 anos, pelo júri do 7º Prêmio Visa, Danilo Brito lançou, aos 24, seu terceiro CD, “Sem restrições” (Tratore, 2009), com composições inéditas de sua autoria e de seus contemporâneos. Participação de Luizinho 7 Cordas (violão de 7 cordas); Alexandre Ribeiro (clarinete); João Camarero (violão) e Rafael Toledo (percussão).

Another favorite tune of mine is Nea Sorrindo. This was recorded by the 12 year old bandolim player Tiago Tunes:

Nea Sorrindo – Luperce Miranda

Tiago Tunes, 12 anos, tocando Nea Sorrindo, de Luperce Miranda.

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Richard Walz – Beethoven, Hummel and Neuling – Works…

CD Works for Mandolin and Piano with Richard Walz, Mandolin, and Viviana Sofronitzki, Piano

I have just discovered the following videos with recordings by Richard Walz. These are recordings from a CD Works for Mandolin and Piano with Richard Walz, Mandolin, and Viviana Sofronitzki, Piano, recorded in 1998.

This CD is probably no more available, and I do also not know how long those videos will be available at youtube – so if you want to hear it, do it soon!

Tracklist of the CD:

  • Sonata for mandolin or violin and harpsichord or piano in C minor, Op. 37a, Johann Nepomuk Hummel
  • Sonatina for mandolin and piano in C minor, WoO 43/1, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Adagio for piano and mandolin in E flat major, WoO 43/2, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Sonatina for mandolin and piano in C major, WoO 44/1, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Sonata for mandolin and piano in G major, Vincent Neuling

all pieces played by:  Mandolin: Richard Walz / Piano: Viviana Sofronitzki

Richard Walz has a homepage about his biography and his instruments, and about bowlback mandolin in general.

Another interesting site is the site of luthier Daniel Larson who built a mandolin for Richard Walz. You can find several pieces played on this mandolin on the following homepage:

http://daniellarson.com/concerts/walz/walz_concert.htm


More classical music for the mandolin (Amazon partnerlink)

Madrugada – Marilynn Mair, Mandolin

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The Early Electric Guitar / Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar…

The history of the electric guitar began in the early 1930s. Especially the Hawaiian lap steel guitar was electrified and used by several Hawaiian bands of the time. British Pathé has documented such performances, those are certainly very interesting documents for the history of the elctric guitar.

Rudy Starita 22/06/1936

Now Pathetone has pleasure in presenting the popular radio and variety band leader Rudy Starita with the newest in musical instruments, the electric guitar.

M/S of Rudy Starita introducing the electric guitar

“Hello folks, let me introduce the electric steel guitar, for the first time, featuring some Hawaiian song”

The video shows some closeup views of this electric steel guitar and also of the amp.

EDDIE PEABODY AND HIS BEACHCOMBERS

EDDIE PEABODY 10/10/1938

Eddie Peabody shows  ‘The Electraphone’ – his all-electric string band – and tries out each electric guitar so we can hear the sound they make individually.

Eddie’s band, The Beachcombers, enter wearing sailor suits and start to play the instruments – the electric ones being left on a central table as if drawing their power from it! (Probably didn’t have any flexes.)

It looks like the Electraphone was a complete “electric music box” with electric guitar, electric mandolin, electric banjo and electric steel guitar all mounted to a table. The table beneath the instruments did obviously contain the amp and the loudspeakers, no cables are visible. The table has two logos “VEGA” on it and the inscription: All Electric.

 

Al Shaw 28/09/1939

M/S as Al Shaw tells a story about his holiday and uses his electric guitar to create the sound effects, such as train, dog, car, seagulls and ship. Various shots of trains and ships to highlight the story.

Al Shaw uses the electric steel guitar to produce special sounds to illustrate his story. He makes use of the volume control to modify the sounds. The instrument he uses looks exactly like the one used by Rudy Starita in the first video.

More infromation about the history of the electric guitar can be found in the wikipedia: electric guitar


Amazon tip (Partnerlink)

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters Volume 1 (Amazon partnerlink)

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British Pathé – Historic videos with mandolin, banjo, ukulele…

The French ukulele site ukulele.fr pointed me today to British Pathé.

British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies, the founder of the company – Charles Pathé – began already in the 1890s to work with moving images.

They produced weekly movies with the events and news of the week for the cinamas and by this have collected a huge archive of movies from between 1900 and 1970 when they stopped producing the cinema newsreel.

The movies are now freely available for viewing on their website British Pathé

You can search for words like mandolin, ukulele or banjo to find movies with those instruments.

Einige interessante Videos mit Mandoline habe ich hier einmal zusammengestellt:

Dyke’s Romany Mandolin Band (1938)

This video shows some nice mandolins, obviously Calace models, and also a big mandoloncello. There are also some other videos with groups of mandolins and guitars.

Dieses Video zeigt die Spieler des Ensembles, die teilweise schöne Calace Mandolinen spielen, ausserdem ist ein großes Mandoloncello zu sehen. Es gibt noch einige andere Videos mit Ensembles mit Mandolinen.

Gaston Palmer (1937)

Gaston Palmer is using a mandolin with a small bowl and juggels with it, and at the end plays some notes on this mandolin.

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