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Enrico Toselli – Famous Serenade – Free Sheet Music…

On the website  http://www.justclassicalguitar.com/vpmusicmedia/biblioteca.php I have found the sheet music for the famous Serenade Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli for mandolin and guitar.

Biography of Enrico Toselli on the website of the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/a3856768-44f6-4209-a8c4-4d70adff516d

and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Toselli

Enrico Toselli (March 13, 1883 Florence – January 15, 1926 Florence) was an Italian pianist and composer. He studied the piano with Giovanni Sgambati and composition with Giuseppe Martucci and Reginaldo Grazzini. At a very early age he started on a brilliant career as a concert pianist in Italy, the principal European capitals and also in Alexandria and North America. Later he settled in Florence, teaching and composing, while still appearing frequently on the concert platform. He composed a number of songs, of which the Serenata ‘Rimpianto’ Op.6 No.1 was the most popular. He also wrote two operettas, La cattiva Francesca (1912) and La principessa bizzarra (1913).

Although a successful performer and composer, Toselli’s prodigious fame was largely due to the international scandal occasioned by his marriage to the former Crown Princess of Saxony, Her Imperial and Royal Highness the Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany in 1907. She had previously deserted her husband, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, years earlier. Toselli and the Archduchess’ marriage was not a happy one, and they separated in 1912. They had one son together, Carlo Emanuele Toselli (7 May 1908 – 1969). Toselli used his fame as the ex-husband of such an illustrious woman to good effect by writing a successful book of memoirs, Mari d’altesse: 4 ans de mariage avec Louise de Toscane, ex-princesse de Saxe.

On the website http://luiseoftuscany.yolasite.com/enrico-toselli.php you can find three historical postcards from the wedding of Toselli with Countess Montignoso (Luise).

The Serenade by Toselli is played frequently until today, and there are many youtube videos of this piece available, including instrumental versions for different instruments and songs in many languages. Famous ingers like Benjamino Gigli, Perry Como, Rudolf Schock, Richard Tauber, Jose Carreras, Mario Lanza have sung the Serenade.

Let’s start with a historical recording played by the violinist Jan Bleumers:

SERENATA – TOSELLI. PLAYED BY JAN BLEUMERS AND PIERRE PALLA. 78RPM PHILIPS.

THIS IS THE SPECIAL LIVE RECORDING OF JAN BLEUMERS PLAYING THIS BEAUTIFUL SERENADE BY TOSELLI ON THE GRAMOPHONE. THE GRANDSONS WERE ASTOUNDED TO HEAR THAT THEIR GRANDPA WAS ON YOUTUBE. THIS IS THE BEST VERSION OF SERENATA I HAVE EVER HEARD!!
LIFE GRAMOPHONE GIVES MORE DETAILS AND SHARPER TONES!

A great version for guitar ensemble with two solo guitars:

VCU Guitar Ensemble performs Serenade, Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli

The VCU Guitar Ensemble performs Serenade, Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli in concert on May1, 2011 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The arrangement is by John Patykula. The soloists are Nathan Mills and Hannah Standiford. The ensemble is directed by John Patykula.

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The Athenian Mandolin Quartet – Historical Recordings

I have just found 4 youtube videos with historical recordings of the Athenian Mandolin Quartet, which is also known as the Alessios de Filippis Mandolin Quartet.

More recordings of this groups are available on Edision cylinders on the site of the cylinder conservation project and in the Library of Congress.

These are the recordings made by the Victor Company in 1916 and 1917:

http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/talent/detail/5227/Alessios_de_Filippis_Mandolin_Quartet_Musical_group

Estudiantina Waltz – Athenian Mandolin Quartet

Victor 10 inch record #17990-B, “Estudiantina Waltz”, played by the Athenian Mandolin Quartet (recorded February 25, 1916).

Spanish Rhapsody – Athenian Mandolin Quartet

The Spanish Rhapsody was composed by Simone Salvetti

Hawaii I’m Lonesome for You

Aloha Land

Additional Information

Recordings of the Athens Mandolin Quartet on Edison cylinders that are available on the site of the Cylinder Conservation Project – includes a Hungarian Serenade, Spanish Rhapsody, That dreamy dreamy Lullaby, A Walk in the Forrest:

http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php/search.php?queryType=%40attr+1%3D1016+&query=alessios

Recordings of the Athenian Mandolin Quartet in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress – includes Spanish Rhapsody, Mo-Ana, Estudiantina Waltz and Cacliz March (Cadiz March?):

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/artists/detail/id/1162/

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Historical Recordings – Banjo Bands, Mandolin Orchestras, Accordion, Hawaiian…

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

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The Man With The Mandolin (1939)

Recently I have discovered a video clip with the song  The Man with the Mandolin, a song composed and popular in 1939, which has also been played by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.

Nick Lucas, a famous singer of that time, has also recorded a version:

NICK LUCAS – The Man With The Mandolin (1939)

Another version of  The Man with the Mandolin played in bigband-style:

The Man With The Mandolin ~ Kurt Hohenberger Und Sein Solisten Orchester

This song has been discussed some time ago in a Mandolin Cafe thread:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?58774-The-Man-With-The-Mandolin

In this Mandolin Cafe thread I have found the following information about this song, original from the Library of the Indiana University:

Sheet music not available
Title: Man with the mandolin
First Line: The music man is comin’, a happy song he’s hummin’
First Line of Chorus: Beedle ee-um-bum-bum beedle ee-um-bum, here comes the man
Composer: Weldon, Frank, 1900-1970
Composer: Redmond, John
Composer: Cavanaugh, James, 1892-1967
Performer: Horace Heidt
Published: New York: Santly-Joy-Select, Inc., copyright 1939
Form/genre: Popular song
Instrumentation: Piano, Voice and Chords
Local Subject: Big Bands
Artist: IM-HO
Holding Institution: Lilly Library
Collection: DeVincent
IN Harmony ID: LL-SDV-095004
Call number: M1 .D48 Box: 095 No: 004
Note: Copies: 3
Note: Piano, Voice and Chords

 

Enjoy “The Man with the Mandolin”