Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.
Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone
Short film in good quality
7 Short Films
Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.
Some time ago I have been asked if I can recommend any mandolin duets. So I started to make some research and look for videos and sheet music for two mandolins.
Duets for two mandolins are not so frequently found as duets for mandolin and guitar. Sheet music for two mandolins is more difficult to find.
The most important artists playing music for two mandolins today are probably Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall. Carlo Aonzo has played together with Brian Oberlin on some occasions. Mike Marshall has played together with Chris Thiele and with the bandolim players Hamilton de Holanda or Danilo Brito. All Bluegrass mandolin players are used to play melody and chords – so they do occasionally play as a mandolin duo.
Pieces for a melody instrument with accompaniment can be played as a mandolin duet if the second mandolin plays the chords or improvises a second part. In my playlist you can find several examples of this.
Classical Mandolin Duets – A List of the BDZ
On the website of the BDZ (Bund Deutscher Zupfmuskier, association of mandolin orchestras in Germany) you can find several lists of sheet music for mandolin and guitar, including a list for mandolin duet.
In my playlist of mandolin duets I have collected classical mandolin duets but also mandolin duets with bluegrass, folk or choro. Let yourself be inspired to find interesting music for two mandolins.
Duo Galante – Musik für Mandoline – Playlist
Caterina Lichtenberg and Silke Lisko have recorded an album with music for two mandolins some time ago. This album includes classical mandolin duets from the 18th century and duets from the romantic period (Calace, Munier). The complete album is available at youtube.
You can find many mandolin duets in the old mandolin methods from around 1900. The method by Cristofaro includes so called Recreations for teacher and student. Some great sounding duets can be found in the method by Janvier Pietrapertosa. You can check the free mandolin methods on my website MandoIsland – Mandolin method – MandoIsland.
Florentino Calvo is one of the leading mandolinists from France. He has studied mandolin and guitar at the concervatory of music and dance in Argenteuil with Mario Monti and in the masterclass of Alberto Ponce.
Florentino Calvo is especially interested in contemporary music. Together with the trio Polycordes (mandolin, harp and guitar) he has premiered and recorded many contemporary compositions.
But Florentino Calvo has also recorded several albums with the most important works for the mandoline of the 17th century and the Romantic age for mandolin solo or mandolin with piano, harpsichord or guitar.
Florentino Calvo is also the conductor of several orchestras like the Ensemble MG21.
I have found several live videos with Florentino Calvo and playlists of some of the albums.
Playlist Florentino Calvo
Beethoven Sonatine, recordings with the Trio Polycordes, Florentino Calvo as conductor
Complete albums at youtube
Gabriele Leone: Six sonates pour la mandoline et basse, Livre I (2015)
From Prag to Vienna
Florentino Calvo, Mandoline and Aline Zylberajch, Piano
The German mandolin player Anna Torge has studied modern and historical mandolin at the music university Köln/Wuppertal with Prof. Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. Anna Torge has played two mandolin concertos in a concert of the Haydn-Festival in Brühl. This concert has been recorded by the WDR radio station and is available for streaming for a limited time.
Joseph Haydn Sinfonie d-Moll, Hob I:34
Johann Andreas Kauchlitz Konzert D-Dur für Mandoline und Streicher
Joseph Haydn Sinfonie d-Moll “Lamentatione”, Hob I:26 / Ouvertüre D-Dur zur Oper “Acide e Galatea”, Hob Ia:5
Giovanni Hoffmann Konzert D-Dur für Mandoline, Streicher, 2 Oboen und 2 Hörner
Joseph Haydn Sinfonie f-moll “La Passione”, Hob I:49
Anna Torge, Mandoline; Concerto Köln, Violine und Leitung: Markus Hoffmann
Recording from Aug. 27th 2018 Schloss Augustusburg, Brühl
The concert is available for streaming until Nov. 17 2018 on the WDR website and also on Soundcloud.