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historical recordings

Estudiantina Waltz – A Famous Waltz of the 19th…

I have just bought an old edition of Estudiantina Waltz by P. Lacome – Jean Pietrapertosa has published this version for mandolin and piano. I have also made a scan of this edition which is available now as free download on my website.

I have tried to find some information about this compositiona and recordings of this waltz and here is what I have found.

The Estudiantina Waltz was composed by P. Lacome. Emil Waldteufel has used the melody and some other Spanish melodies in his composition Estudiantina Op. 191.

Jean Pietrapertosa has published the waltz as his Op. 8 for mandolin and piano around 1889. Obviously this waltz was quite popular during the late 19th and early 20th century.

On the website I have found some information about the composition by Emil Waldteufel:

Anmerkung: Wie auch bei ‚España‘ handelt es sich bei ‚Estudiantina‘ um ein Arrangement, welches aus bereits bestehenden Themen anderer Komponisten besteht. Der Verleger Enoch beauftrage Waldteufel, einen Walzer zusammenzustellen, der auf dem berühmten Duett ‚Estudiantina‘ (Bezeichnung für eine Gruppe von Studenten) von Paul Lacome (1838-1920) basiert. Dieses Thema jedoch reichte nur für die ersten eineinhalb Sequenzen von ‚Estudiantina‘. Daher suchte Waldteufel weiter in der Vielfalt der französischen Adaptionen original spanischer Lieder. Die vier Walzerthemen von ‚Estudiantina‘ beinhalten folgende Lieder: 1. Estudiantina (Refrain), 2. Estudiantina (Strophe) und ‚Chanson d’automne‘ (ebenfalls von Lacome), 3. ‚Jota de la Estudiantina‘ und ‚Tirana‘, 4. ‚De Cadiz al Puerto‘ und ‚El Tripili‘. Lacomes ‚Estudiantina‘ wurde im Dezember 1881 veröffentlicht, Waldteufels Walzer im April 1883. Wie auch ‚España‘ ist dieser Walzer ein Muster an Lebhaftigkeit. Die wunderbaren, zügig dahinfliessenden Melodien befördern den Zuhörer geradewegs auf einen wogenden Wellenteppich, welcher ihn für einen Moment in den sonnigen Süden bringt…

Translation: As in “Espana” “Estudantina” is an arrangement which is composed of themes composed by other composers. The publisher Enoch ordered a waltz based on the famous duet “Estudiantina”  (i.e. a group of students playing music together) composed by P. Lacome (1838 – 1920). However this theme was not sufficient for the complete composition, so Waldteufel looked for other themes in the large amount of French versions of Spanish songs. The 4 themes of the Estudiantina Waltz contain the following songs: 1. Estudiantina (Refrain), 2. Estudiantina (Strophe) and ‚Chanson d’automne‘ (also composed by Lacome), 3. ‚Jota de la Estudiantina‘ and ‚Tirana‘, 4. ‚De Cadiz al Puerto‘ and ‚El Tripili‘. Lacomes ‚Estudiantina‘ was published in Dec. 1881, Waldteufel composition was published in April 1883.

There are several historical recodings of Estudiantina, mostly short versions that are probably based on the song by Lacome (ca. 3 minutes). There are many versions at youtube, mostly based on the version by Emil Waldteufel (ca. 7 minutes).

Titel page of my copy:

This is a recording by a kind of mandolin orchestra from Chicago named Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble from a concert given in the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago).

Estudiantina Waltz, Emil Waldteufel.

Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble performs Estudiantina Waltz by Emil Waldteulfel at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

A very special version for an old Mira 15 1/2 inch music box:

Mira 15 1/2 INCH Parlor Grand Music Box Playing “Estudiantina” Waltz

Without a doubt one of the sweetest and most highly spirited arrangements on a music box disc is here before you. This is the lovely Estudiantina (Band of Students) Waltz composed by Emile Waldteufel in 1883. When I first listened to this disc on one of our Mira 15 1/2 inch music boxes I was reduced to tears as the disc played. It remains to this day one of my all time favorites for listening. I hope that you enjoy it as well and thanks for stopping in for a visit!

Read more “Estudiantina Waltz – A Famous Waltz of the 19th Century – P. Lacome, Emil Waldteufel, Pietrapertosa”

mandolin methods

Free Download of Mandolin Methods by C. Fischer &…

Some days ago I have discovered two very interesting mandolin methods in the digital archive of the University of Rochester. The mandolin methods can be downloaded for free.

In this archive I have also discovered a collection of Neapolitan Songs from the 19th century collected by Vincenzo De Meglio.

The first method is

C. Fischer’s

New and Revised Edition

of Celebrated Tutors

Method for the Mandolin

Copyright 1891 by Carl Fischer

This method contains many pieces and exercises and is a nice collection for beginner and intermediate students.

C. Fischer’s Method for the mandolin (1890/1891)


Diagram of the mandolin from this method:

The second method is part 1 of the Méthode complète, théorique et pratique, de mandoline par J. Pietrapertosa Fils. This french method has been published in 1903 in France. The second part of this method is available on my homepage.

Méthode complète, théorique et pratique, de mandoline par J. Pietrapertosa Fils (1903)


I have just added a scan of a collection of 26 Italian songs (Celebri Canti Popolari Italiani, part 4) to my homepage, and when I seached for similar books I found a collection of Neapolitan Songs published in the 19th century by Vincenzo De Meglio (1825-1883). The scan of this collection is also available in the digital archive of the University of Rochester.

Eco di Napoli; 100 celebri canzoni popolari napolitane per canto e pianoforte colla traduzione italiana, raccolte dal maestro Vincenzo de Meglio.


More free downloads of mandolin methods and other  Homepage:

free sheet music

La Serenade – Valse Espagnole – A Famous Spanish…

Olivier Metra has composed some famous and often played pieces. La Serenade – a Spanish Waltz –  is one  of his big successes

I had previously heard the name Metra because some of his compositions are played by mandolin orchestras. But I haqve never played or really recognized one of Metras compositions.

But some time ago I could by a pack of sheet music that had belonged to a mandolin orchestra, and in this pack I found the music for La Serenade – Valse Espagnole by Olivier Metra. Metra died in 1889, and so the copyright for his compositions has expired.

So I have decided to add a scan of the music for La Serenade by Olivier Metra for mandolin orchestra (mandolin 1 and 2, mandola, guitar) to my page with free sheet music for the mandolin.

La Serenade is a composition that is very well suited for mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra, and I am sure that the audience will like La Serenade if it is played well.

I have found some videos of La Serenade at youtube. My favorite version is this video with Ralf Leen (mandolin) and Yvonne Azaert (guitar)

METRA – Sérénade Espagnole – Ralf Leenen & Yvonne Azaert

Sérénade Espagnole – (Olivier METRA)
live performance – 4th July 2010 “Les Petits Concerts du Sablon” :
Ralf Leenen, mandolin (Embergher N°7-1900 ex-Ranieri)
Yvonne Azaert, guitar (Ramirez III – 1976)

Another interesting video is the following version played by the Victor Orchestra played from an old 78 record. I do especially like the Spanish snappers that are used to create the typical Spanish mood in this performance:

Waltz by Olivier Metra

Victor orchestra conduced by A. Cibelli
RCA Victor

Playlist Olivier Metra – La Serenade

With recordings with mandolin and guitar, mandolin orchestra, accordeon and others:

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Olivier Metra (German):

NAXOS biography of Olivier Metra:

Free sheet music for mandolin, mandolin orchestra, guitar, including La Serenade for mandolin orchestra by Olivier Metra:

CD recommendation (Amazon partnerlink)

Mandolino e violino in Italia – Anna Torge


The Golden Eagle Hornpipe – A Great tune for…

I am just playing the Golden Eagle Hornpipe, a nice tune that works well on the mandolin. So here are some videos of this tune, played on fidddle, mandolin and some other instruments.

Golden Eagle Hornpipe – Mandolin

Pretty tune. Also works well slowed down and played ‘straight’

Playlist with more versions – with banjo, harp, flute

Sheet Music

The Golden Eagle Hornpipe is also included in Ryans Mammoth Collection – 1050 fiddle tunes on page 175:

Several versions can be found with the Folk Tune Finder, e.g.:

This is a version for two mandolins, played by Eric Cousin and me:

Mandolin Duet – Golden Eagle Hornpipe / Trafalgar Hornpipe