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Raffaele Calace – VI Mazurka Op. 141 – For…

The Mazurka Op. 141 by Raffaele Calace is a piece that is being played quite often. I have collected a playlist with the best videos of this piece.

You can hear:

  • The Duo 14 strings from Italy (mandolin & guitar) Tiziano Palladino al Mandolino e Isidoro Nugnes alla Chitarra (14strings Duo) eseguono la MAZURKA Op. 141 di Raffaele Calace durante un Concerto live presso l’IMAM di Larino

  • An unknown mandolin orchestra
  • Gianni Migliaccio and Paolino Coppeto
  • The Devine Nix Duo (mandolin & guitar)

The Devine Nix Duo – Chris Devine, mandolin and Michael Nix, guitar

  • Athenian Mandolinata “Nicolaos Lavdas”
  • Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra HET CONSORT
  • ΝΙΚΟΣ ΡΟΓΚΑΚΟΣ und ΒΑΝΤΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΗ (mandolin & piano)
  • Patrizio Petrucci, mandolino, Ilenia Fiore, piano (mandolin & piano)
  • Carlo Aonzo mandolino, Valeria Ubertino chitarra (mandolin & guitar)
  • Duo Bonizzoni-Colella (mandolin & harp)

Playlist – Calace VI Mazurka Op. 141

The sheet music of the Mazurka is available form the site of the Italian plucked strings association FMI:

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Como Llora Una Estrella – A Great Venezuelan Tune…

Some time ago I was looking for a new pice for my pupil, so I checked the pieces available on the Mandozine website. One of the pieces that I have tried was Como Llora una Estrella by Antonio Carrillo that can be found here:

Mandozine “Como Llora una Estrella”

The transcription is based on the version by John Reischman from the CD “Travellers” (with Butch Baldassari)

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My arrangement of “Como llora una estrella” – mandolin solo

There are many recordings of Como llora una Estrella, I have collected a playlist with some of the recordings that I like, including versions for the guitar by John Williams and Alirio Diaz:

Another great recording – played by a group of handicapped youths:

Como llora una estrella

El Grupo de Cuatros ALASID, integrado por 13 jóvenes con síndrome de Down, uno con discapacidad intelectual por otra causa y tres regulares … all » interpretan, en el Teatro Juárez de Barquisimeto, la pieza musical Como Llora una Estrella, del músico larense Antonio Carrillo. Directora del grupo es la Prof. Fátima de Fernandes. Esa presentación fue durante el bautizo de su primer CD, titulado Despertar.

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La Fustemberg – Variations by Antoine Riggieri for Solo…

Variations on “La Fustemberg” by Antoine Riggieri, played by Carlo Aonzo, Kozo Onishi, Mona Huang and Ugo Orlandi.

Antoine Riggieri - La Fustemberg - Variazioni No. 10
Antoine Riggieri – La Fustemberg – Variazioni No. 10

A modern edition of this work has been published by the publishing company Grenzland Verlag

Antonio Riggieri (um 1780)
“La Fustemberg” Variationen

Einrichtung: Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. Ein reizvolles Werk des Meisters des klassi-
schen Mandolinenspiels. Geeignet f. Wettbewerb “Jugend-musiziert”, A.S. IV – V
Aufführungsdauer: 18 Min.; Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel – schwer.
Preis: € 6,15

Playlist La Fustemberg – Variationi No. 10

The playlist contains recordings by Carlo Aonzo, Ugo Orlandi, Kozo Onishi from Japan and Mona Huang who plays on a baroque mandolin.

The works by Antoine Riggieri – a book with 125 pages – can be found in the National Library of Franc ( bnf). It contains the Variations on La Fustemberg at the end of the book beginning on page 122:

Titel : Menuets, allemandes et petits allegro à deux mandolines ou violon avec six sonates à mandolines ou violon. On trouvera une sonate à mandoline accord différant marquant dites accord avec le menuet chéri de l’auteur en variations… Oeuvre IVe. Gravé par Mme Oger…

Autor : Riggieri, Antoine. Compositeur

Verleger : l’auteur (Paris)

Erscheinungsdatum : 1770

The melody “La Fustemberg” was very popular in Paris after 1770. I have found another work with variations on La Fustemberg for harpsichord in the bnf – this might be interesting too:

Titre : La Furstemberg avec 12 variations. Arrangées pour le clavecin ou le piano-forte… Seconde édition augmentée de six variations…

Auteur : Benaut, Josse-François-Joseph (1743-1794). Compositeur

Éditeur : l’auteur (Paris)

Date d’édition : 1778

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Chris Thile plays Bach – Sonatas and Partitas

Chris Thile has just released his new CD with the first part of the Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach. I have not bought the CD yet, but I have found many new videos with Chris Thile playing pieces from this CD.

Recordings of the Presto from the Sonata No. 1 in G minor have appeared for some time on youtube, but now there’s a complete set of videos with a great recording of the entire Sonata (see my playlist). There are videos with some movements of the other two works that have been recorded.

I have listened to the preview of the tracks on the Amazon website, and I have the impression that the noise from the pick is more present on the recording than on the live videos – so maybe the sound of the videos is even better that the CD. I will check this again when I have the CD available.

Anyway – for me Chris Thile is the first mandolin player who really stands above those pieces,  he really can form the music and – according to the interviews – he has has really thought indepth about how to play this music, about the tempi and the dynamics. I have read some comments from others who do not like Thiles interpretation (maybe they are strongly annoyed by the pick noise?)  but for me this is the best interpretation of the Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach that I have heard so far.

I have also collected some of the interviews with Chris Thile about his new CD below, it’s really interesting to learn about the ideas that have led to this interpretation.

Chris Thile’s is not the first who made a recording of the Sonatas & Partitas. The Bach Sonatas and Partitas are very often played by guitarists, and also many of the great mandolin players have recorded the suites or at least movements from this great work.

Neil Gladd has recorded the Partita in d minor, BWV 1004, in 1984 (I should listen to this recording again some time…. reinstall the record player…or digitize the recording)

Shmuel Elbaz has recorded the Sonatas & Partitas in 2005, his CD is available from cdbaby (see below).

Also the German Frank Scheuerle has recorded a Bach CD (Bach … auf der Mandoline) which includes the Sonata 1 in g-Minor (BWV 1001) and the suites in c-Minor (BWV 1011) and in  G-Major (BWV 1007) and from the Six Suites for violoncello.

Playlist Chris Thile – Bach

Additional Information

New York Times:

Bach in a String Concert, Sharing a Program With Bluegrass – Chris Thile on Mandolin at Zankel Hall

Review Paste Magazine:

Interview PBS News Hour:



Mandolincafe: Chris Thile on Recording Bach – Part I

Review in German Newspaper (German):

Review (German):,-Vol.-1-91095

Playlist – Complete concert:

Chris Thile live at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon on 10/2/2013

Addtional Information

J.S.Bach Sonatas And Partitas For Violin Solo by Shmuel Elbaz – Mandolin Artist

see also:

Website Frank Scheuerle:

Website Neil Gladd:

More posts in my blog about Chris Thile:

Prairie Home Companion:

Amazon partnerlink:

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1

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