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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: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Strauss_%28Sohn%29

Wikipedia about the Emperor Waltz: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser-Walzer

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Giuseppe Silvestri – Serenade – Free Sheet Music for…

One of the interesting pieces for mandolin and guitar in the Biblioteca della chitarra e del mandolino is the Serenade by Giuseppe Silvestri.

I have found recordings of this tune at youtube and also a historical recording in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress.

The first recording is from the Mandolin Festival in Korea played by the Duo Zigiotti-Merlante:

만돌린 mandolin 제6회 국제한국만돌린페스티벌 08 Serenade d’autrefois

Duo Zigiotti / Merlante

The next recording is a version played on the accordion.

SERENATA di Silvestri.mp4

The playlist below contains more versions including versions with the sinnger Tito Schipa, played by the Attika mandolin orchestra from Greece, by Oleg Videnov with mandolin and piano and more recordings.

Enjoy the Serenade by Giuseppe Silvestri!

Addtional Information

Free sheet music for mandolin and guitar: http://www.justclassicalguitar.com/vpmusicmedia/biblioteca.php

Historical recording of the Serenata by Giuseppe Silvestri: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/5336

In der National Jukebox I have found another piece by Silvestri – Le Violette:

Historical recording of Le Violette by Giuseppe Silvestri: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/7603

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Beethoven – March from the Opera Fidelio – Free…

The sheet music by Ferdinand Kollmaneck (11.2.1871 Wien – 13.7.1941 Leipzig) is in the Public Domain since the beginning of this year. Kollmaneck was a zither player and composer who has composed pieces for mandolin orchestra and has published arrangements for mandolin orchestras in his publishing company Hella in Leipzig.

I own several pieces composed or arranged by Kollmaneck and have begun to make scans and upload those to my website.

The first two little pieces are the march from the opera Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven and a piece for glockenspiel and mandolin orchestra by Kollmaneck that have been published in 1923.

Marsch from the opera Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven.

I have found the following version of this march for piano four hands, an arrangement by Zemlinsky:

Marsch aus Fidelio

The second example is the scene that comes before the march from a performance of Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera in 2000 –  the march begins at ca. 7:24:

Fidelio, Act 1.3 – “Gut, Söhnchen, gut,” Marsch

From a 2000 production of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Met. Karita Mattila (Leonore), Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Marzelline), René Pape (Rocco). Jürgen Flimm, production; James Levine, conductor.

The second piece has the title “Die Spieldose”  (The Music Box) and is a composition for glockenspiel and mandolin orchestra which might be interesting for a beginners orchestra:

Additional Information

Free sheet music by Ferdinand Kollmaneck on my website www.mandoisland.de on page Free Sheet Music

Informationen about Ferdinand Kollmaneck from http://www.zitherinthecity.com/site/zi_wrmusiker.htm

Ferdinand Kollmaneck (11.2.1871 Wien – 13.7.1941 Leipzig)
Zitherspieler (»Wiener Secessionsensemble« gemeinsam mit Eduard Nikl, Anton Smetak, Leonie Scholz-Krauskopf, Josephine Novy und Ludwig Zboril), Erfinder der »Ideal-Reformzither« , Komponist (auch zahlreiche Chor- und Orchesterwerke), Dirigent, Lehrer, Autor einer zweibändigen Zitherschule, Inhaber einer Zitherschule, Herausgeber der Zeitschrift »Chronik der Volksmusik« , Musikverleger (Musikverlag »Hella« )

Free sheet music by Ludwig van  Beethoven – Fidelio – at IMSLP: http://imslp.org/wiki/Fidelio,_Op.72_%28Beethoven,_Ludwig_van%29

There you can also find an arrangement of the march by Beethoven for two pianos eight hands.




historical recordings

“Love’s Dream after the Ball” ♫ Waltz / Intermezzo…

Some days ago I have made a scan of a nice piece for mandolin orchestra and have uploaded it to my website mandoisland and to the IMSLP site.

It’s a composition by Alphons Czibulka with the great title:

Songe D’Amour Apres le Bal / Liebestraum nach dem Balle / Love’s Dream after the Ball

This is the article about Alphons Czibulka in the German Brockhaus-Riemann dictionary of music:

Czibulka [‘tsibulko], Alphons, * 14.5.1842 Szepes- Várallya (Ungarn), † 27.10.1894 Wien; ung. Komponist, Armeekapellmeister in Wien, schrieb sechs Operetten und zahlreiche Tanzmusikstücke. Bekannt geblieben ist die Stephanie-Gavotte.
[Brockhaus-Riemann Musiklexikon: Czibulka, S. 1. Digitale Bibliothek Band 38: Brockhaus Riemann – Musiklexikon, S. 2386 (vgl. BRM Bd. 1, S. 288) (c) Schott Musik International]

Czibulka has composed several operettas, and his most famous piece is the Stephanie Gavotte. I think that Love’s Dream after the Ball is a great piece and I like to listen to it very much. So maybe the sheet music of this piece for mandolin orchestra will be played by some mandolin orchestra.

There are some videos of this composition at youtube, with the title in the three different languages.

This is a historical recording of the piece:

“Songe D’Amour Apres le Bal” Waltz (Czibulka) Played by Dajos Bela & His Orchestra C 1930

Playlist Songe D’amour Apres le Bal

Additional Information

Free sheet music for piano or mandolin orchestra on the IMSLP site:


Historical recordings with compositions by Alphons Czibulka (Love’s Dream after the Ball, Stephanie Gavotte, Nightingale Waltz u. a.)  in the National Library of the Library of Congress :


Free sheet music for mandolin, guitar, mandolin orchestra on my website  www.mandoisland.de on page “free sheet music”

Sheet music by A. Czibulka in the National Library of Autralia: