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Sheet Music for Mandolin and Guitar in the Library…

In the Library of Congress you can find sheet music for mandolin and guitar. This includes many arrangements of marches by John Philip Sousa for mandolin and guitar, 2 mandolins and guitar or mandolin and piano. There are also severals other pieces from the period around 1900.

In this post I have compiled the first part of sheet music, enriched by some videos of marches by Sousa.

The following sheet music editions are available for free download from the Library of Congress site:

The Bride-Elect: March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

Mandolin and guitar:

2 mandolins and guitar:

mandolin solo:

(other version with piano available)

Video: American March “The Bride-Elect March”

La cantinera polka / Rosas [notated music]

mandolin and guitar:

The Charlatan: March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

Video: The Charlatan March

Debutante’s gavotte / F Abtler [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

The Diplomat March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

mandolin solo:

Cupid waltzes / William T Gery [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar – only 1st mandolin part:

The darkies’ cradle song / J. W Wheeler [notated music]

1st mandolin and mandola:

The Directorate March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

mandolin and guitar:

2 mandolins and guitar:

(other versions with piano available)

The easy one schottische / Wm. H Fletcher [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

Emory waltz / H. P Sutorius [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

Hail to the Spirit of Liberty / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

mandolin and guitar / piano:


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Illustrated Sheet Music Collection – Scans of more than…

Sometimes I like to look at the covers of old sheet music editions. Recently I have often used the Illustrated Sheet Music Collection at besucht.

On this page you can find a collection of sheet music from the time between 1890 and 1940. More than 10000 covers of sheet music have been scanned and can be viewed online. You can also search trough the collection. This collection does also include compositions for guitar, mandolin, banjo or ukulele and you can find pictures of those instruments on the covers.

This is a private collection of more than 10.000 illustrated sheet music mostly from between 1890 and 1940, with a particular interest for Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Although the collection centers around French illustrators (68%) it also contains hundreds of beautiful illustrations from Belgium (13%), the United States (6%), Great Britain (4%), Italy, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Argentina, etc.

Welcome to our sheet music collection!

These are randomly selected images of vintage sheet music covers. Click Home to refresh, or click the browse and search links in the upper right menu to view many more illustrations grouped by art style, illustrator, publisher, song title, music genre, or topic…

On the home page a randomly chosen selection of some covers is displayed – this is an example:

Using the search you can search for illustrators, composers, singers, texters and words contained in the titles of the sheet music.

A great site for everybody whjo loves old sheet music!

Website Illustrated Sheet Music:

Guitar, Banjo and Ukulele Music:



Abe Holzmann – Blaze-away / Smoky-Mokes / Hunky Dory…

Recently I have found the sheet music for mandolin of a famous march composed by Abe Holzmann: Blaze-Away. This march has been composed in the year 1901 and has remained popular until today.

From Wikipedia:

Abe Holzmann (19 August 1874 – 16 January 1939) was a German/American composer, who is most famous today for his march Blaze-Away!

A review originally published by the New York Herald on Sunday, 13t January 1901 entitled German Composer who Writes American Cakewalk Music describes “[h]is knowledge of bass and counterpoint is thorough, and his standard compositions bear the stamp of harmonic lore, which makes his proclivity for the writing of the popular style of music the more remarkable.”[3]

Abe married Isabelle Fishblatt around 1908, and he became the manager of the Orchestra Department at Jerome Remick & Company, music publisher in New York.[1] He was an early member (1923) of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He earned his livelihood as composer/arranger for Tin Pan Alley publishers, including Leo Feist. He later was advertising manager for the American Federation of Musicians publication, International Musician. He was a member of Freemasonry, the Elks, and Knights of Pythias, all in New York City.

Holzmann died in East Orange, New Jersey at age 64. He was survived by his widow, a daughter Natalie Holzmann, three half-brothers, and four sisters. His music was especially revered by ragtime enthusiasts, although he composed marches, waltzes, and other light music.

I have found a great video with a performance of Blaze-Away by a great banjo band, recorded in the year 1936 – this has been taken from the British Pathe archive:

Blaze Away – Raymonde and his Banjo Band (1936)

The fact that Blaze-Away is popular until today can be seen in the following two videos with violinis André Rieu – and a very enthusiastic audience from Vienna and a complete football stadium in Kerkrade:

Andre Rieu – Blaze away 2011

If you like to add another popular march to your mandolin orchestra’s repertoir you might be interested in the sheet music of Blaze-Away by Abe Holzmann. The sheet music is available on my website.

The title pages of works by Abe Holzmann show the fact that Holzmann’s music has been arranged for mandolin, guitar, zither or banjo in the early days already.



Another popular composition by Abe Holzmann is Smoky Mokes. Ihave selected two videos, the first with banjo-mandolin and guitar:

Smoky Mokes — played by Dennis Pash and Meredith Axelrod

Playliste Smoky Mokes – Abe Holzmann


Additional Information

Wikipedia about Abe Holzmann:

Sheet music by Abe Holzmann can be found in several archives with digitized sheet music. I have collected the best links in the following link collection:

The sheet music of Blaze-Away for mandolin orchestra can be found on my website and on the IMSLP site.

Historical recordings of works by Abe Holzmann in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress (Playlist), including banjo versions of Blaze-Away and Hunky-Dory:

Historical recordings of works by Abe Holzmann in the Internet Archive

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♛ Emperor Waltz ♛ Johann Strauss jr. ♫ Free…

I have recently added a scan of the Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer) by Johann Strauss jr. arranged for mandolin orchestra to my score catalogue at musicaneo. This arrangemet of the famous waltz for mandolin orchestra was made by Ferdinand Kollmaneck.

The waltzes by Johann Strauss have always been very popular and have often been played by mandolin orchestras, especially the most famous waltzes The Blue Danube, Artist’s Life and the Emperor Waltz.

In my playlist I have collected some versions of this waltz, you can find many more versions at youtube.

Playlist Emperor Waltz

By accident I have also found a version played by a mandolin orchestra from Lima. This orchestra plays a shortened version. The complete version by Strauss / Kollmaneck has a playing time of around 10 minutes.


Orquesta de Pulso y Pua Ciudad de Lima, concierto en la Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru, mayo 22 de 2007

Additional Information

Sheet music of the Emperor (or Imperial) Waltz for mandolin orchestra is available at musicaneo:

Free sheet music for the Emperor Waltz at IMSLP:

Wikipedia about Johann Strauss:

Wikipedia about the Emperor Waltz: