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Carlo Munier ❉ Sweet Melancholy ❉ Douce Mélancoli ❉…

Sweet Melancholy Op. 235 is part of a collection of four pieces by Carlo Munier. This collection can be found as Nelly Album in the Nakano library.

The first two pieces have the main titles in English, with subtitles in French and Italian.

The four pieces are:

  • Sweet Melancholy ❉ Douce Mélancoli ❉ Dolce Mestizia, Romanza, Op. 235
  • Pretty Little Flower ❉ Petite Fleur Gentille ❉ Fiorillo Gentile, Schottisch, Op. 234
  • Mazurka ❉ Serenata, Op. 188
  • Valzer ❉ Cantabile, Op. 192

The first of this four pieces Dolce Mestizia as been recorded in a youtube video by the Mandolin and  Guitar Quartet Estudiantina Bergamo.

Mandolin Guitar Quartet Estudiantina Bergamo – C. Munier “Dolce mestizia”

Rassegna “I Lunedì dellEstudiantina” Suona il Quartetto Estudiantina per la Manifestazione “PIZZICANDO! – MANDOLINO E DINTORNI – Tra Barocco e Novecento” III Edizione – giugno/luglio 2011.
Omaggio a Carlo Munier nel centenario della morte (1859-1911)
“四重奏,曼陀林和吉他”
“Dolce mestizia” dalla raccolta “Nelly”
Bergamo Aula Picta, Piazza Duomo Città Alta – 11 luglio 2011
– Marina Ferrari e Chiara Perini, mandolini.
– Mario Rota, mandola.
– Michele Guadalupi, mandoloncello e chitarra.

カルテットマンドリンとギター

Sheet music avaialable in the Petrucci Library: Dolce Malinconia

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Enrico Marucelli – Valtzer Fantastico and other Compositions for…

Enrico Marucelli (1877 – 1907) was a bass player, guitarist, mandolin player, conductor and successfull composer. He was born in Florence and played in the Reale Circolo Mandolinistico Regina Margherita where he met several other famous mandolin players like Bianchi, Graziani-Walter, Matini and Carlo Munier.

During the 1890s he went to London as a popular teacher and conductor. He conducted a Ladies Guitar and Mandolin BandRimembranze d’Amore is dedicated to this early mandolin orchestra. In the year 1900 Marucelli conducted an en masse orchestra  with 500 players, during this concert Marucelli’s composition Spagnola has been performed.

Enrico Marucelli has also published two mandolin methods (I am still looking to get those methods…) and a guitar method.

Valtzer Fantastico

The most famous composition by Marucelli is the Valtzer Fantastico which is dedicated to Eduardo Mazzacapo.

 

My favorite video with the Valtzer Fantastico – played by Mathieu Sarthe-Mouréou and Yann Pistien, played on a Vinaccia mandolin built in 1910.

[HD] Enrico Marucelli – Valtzer Fantastico for mandolin & guitar (LIVE)

Enrico Marucelli’s Valtzer Fantastico for mandolin & guitar performed by Yann Pistien (guitar) and Mathieu Sarthe-Mouréou (1910 P.Vinaccia Mandolin).

There are many recordings of the Valtzer Fantastico in my youtube playlist.

Capriccio Zingaresco

Another famous piece by Enrico Marucelli is the Capriccio Zingaresco.

This is the fantastic recording with Detlef Tewes and Boris Bagger from the CD Romantic Mandolin Moments:

Enrico Marucelli Capriccio Zingaresco Mandolin Guitar Detlef Tewes Boris Björn Bagger

Playlist Enrico Marucelli – Valzer Fantastico – Mandolin & Guitar / Mandolin Quintet

I have added all the videos with other compositions by Enrico Marucelli as well to this playlist.

Works by Enrico Marucelli

Works by Enrico Marucelli contained in the Nakano Library (works that are available at youtube are in bold font)

  • 3a Gavotta for mandolin quartet
  • Capriccio Zingaresco for mandolin quartet / mandolin and piano: All’Egregio Prof. BENOTTI in segno di amicizia e di stima
  • Caricature Op. 20 – Polka for mandolin or violin and guitar
  • Chi e? – Polka Populare; Riduzione di E. Marucelli; mandolin quartet
  • Diavoli Bianchi, Polka; mandolin and guitar
  • Fin de Siecle, Valzer Brillante; mandolin quartet
  • L’Avvenire, Valzer; mandolin and guitar or mandolin and piano
  • La Giostra, Mazurka; mandolin and guitar
  • La Pattuglia, Pezzo Caratteristico; mandolin and piano; guitar part by J. Nakano
  • Lionella, Mazurka; mandolin and piano
  • Melodie Charmante; mandolin quartet or mandolin and guitar
  • Moto Perpetuo, mandolin quartetor mandolin and piano
  • Patrol, Pezzo Caratteristico; mandolin quartet;
  • Polonese di Concerto, All’amico carissimo Gino Cinganelli; mandolin quartet or mandolin and piano
  • Rimembranze d’Amore (Love’s Remembrances); Intermezzo, To the Ladies Guitar and Mandolin Band; mandolin quartet
  • Scherzo Militare; Pezzo Caratteristico; mandolin quartet
  • Sérénade des Amoureux; mandolin quartet
  • Serenatella Spagnola, All’amico Luigi Filanci; mandolin quartet
  • Sguardi Provocanti, Valzer; mandolin and guitar
  • Treno Lampo, Polka; mandolin and guitar
  • Valtzer Fantastico (Valtzer di Concerto), A Eduardo Mazzacapo; mandolin quartet or mandolin and piano

I have found one more piece by Enrico Marucelli in the collection Repertorio del Mandolinista which is available as free download from my homepage MandoIsland on page free sheet music

  • Una Gita a Spezia

Marucelli has also published some compositions under the name E. Mario Celli – I have found two compositions in the Nakano Library:

  • Elegia for mandolin quartet
  • Pensieri Fugaci for mandolin quartet
aaa to be reviewed

Giulio Menichelli, Damiano Mercuri & Luca Mereu – Traditional…

I was surprised to find a set of ca. 20 video clips from a concert in Monterosi – a place close to Rome – from a concert with traditional Roman and Neapolitan songs played with mandolin, violin and guitar.

 I had found a note about a concert for mandolin and guitar in Rome with  Damiano Mercuri (guitar) & Luca Mereu (mandolin). A search at youtube led me to the youtube channel  Artedelsuonare61 .

First I found several videos with the duo with Damiano Mercuri (guitar) & Luca Mereu (mandolni) – for instance this great performance of the famous  Valzer Fantastico by Enrico Marucelli (1877 – 1907):

Damiano Mercuri e Luca Mereu eseguono Valzer

Valzer Fantastico von Enrico Marucelli; Concerto del 28-10-2010 presso l’Auditorium di piazza Adriana organizzato dall’Associazione “Arte del suonare”

Then I found the set of videos from a concert of the trio composed of  Giulio Menichelli (Violine), Damiano Mercuri & Luca Mereu from the White Night (Notte Bianca) on July 22nd 2011 in Monterosi. The program was composed of typical and famous Roman and Neapolitan songs for mandolin, violin and guitar:

Programma: I classici della canzone Romana e Napoletana

The sound quality of the recordings is not the best, you can hear announcements and the noise from the audience. But you can also hear that the people could sing along with the music for many of the songs. The arrangements of those songs for mandolin, violin and guitar was very well suited for this event, and the audience applauded strongly for many of the songs.

Many of the pieces are well known over the world like O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicula or The Godfather Theme by Ennio Morricone – other tunes are mainly popular in Italy.

A very interesting set of videos for the lovers of typical Italian music.

Program

  • (Il pubblico è con noi) “Tanto pe’ cantà”
  • Tarantella napoletana
  • Silvestri “Nannì”
  • Petrolini “Tanto pe’ cantà”
  • Morricone “Il Padrino”
  • Mario “Tamurriata nera”
  • Gambardella “O marenariello”
  • Gambardella “Come facette màmmeta”
  • Galdieris Barbieri “Munastero ‘e Santa Chiara”
  • Di Capua “Maria Marì”
  • Falvo “Dicitencello mio”
  • De Curtis “Voce ‘e notte”
  • Ruccione “Vecchia Roma”
  • Di Capua “O sole mio”
  • Denza “Funicolì Funicolà”
  • De Curtis “Malafemmina”
  • “Santa Lucia” di Cottrau
  • “O surdato innamorato” di Cannio

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Surdato_%27Nnamurato “‘O Surdato ‘Nnamurato” (in English: “The Soldier in Love”) is one of the most famous songs ever written in the Neapolitan language. The song is generally regarded as the anthem of S.S.C. Napoli.

  • “Reginella” di Bovio
  • “Pe’ lungo Tevere” di Romolo Balzani

Giulio Menichelli Damiano Mercuri Luca Mereu suonano Falvo “Dicitencello mio”

The Godfather Theme – in this video you can hear Luca Mereu with a very nice jazzy improvisation on the mandolin! One of the highlights of this concert for me!

Giulio Menichelli Damiano Mercuri Luca Mereu suonano Morricone “Il Padrino”

Notte bianca a Monterosi 23-7-2011
Programma: I classici della canzone Romana e Napoletana
Giulio Menichelli violino
Damiano Mercuri chitarra
Luca Mereu mandolino
Si ringrazia l’Assessore Andrea Bomarsi e il Maestro Leo San Felice per l’aiuto nel reperire gli spartiti

Youtube Playliste with all videos

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEBCD52D8722109FB

Additional Information

youtube channel Artedelsuonare61

youtube channel with music from the 18th century played on a baroque mandolin by Luca Mereu: PizzicoEnsemble

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The Tarantella – A Famous Italian Folk Dance Tune

Some time ago I have discovered a site with a collection of free sheet music for the fisarmonca – the accordeon. Its mainly a collection of Italian tunes, folk songs, folk dances and also some opera melodies. When I visited this site again I looked at some Tarantellas and decided to write a post about this famous Italian dance that is very often played on the mandolin.

The Tarantella is one of the important and well known Italian folk dances. Especially the Tarantella from Napoli is famous. This tarantella is also known as the Wedding Tarantella. With the abc tune search you can find this and other traditional tarantellas from different regions in Italy.

There are still some tsypical Italian folk groups who pay the tarantella with mandolin, accordeon, tambourine, guitar and fiddle. And very often two or three dancers dance with the music like in the first video of my playlist below.

A tarantella well known to the guitar players is the tarantella by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Roman Gurochkin has made this great video with the guitarist Asva Selvutina:

“Tarantella” Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Asya Selyutina (classical guitar)

Many videos at yoputube show performances of folk dance groups – but very often the music used is not the best. The tarantella as a dance is also used in theatre and ballet. A great example is this tarantella from the ballet Napoli by Danish composer  Bournonville:

Bournonville: Tarantella Napoli

Playlist Tarantella

In this playlist I have collected many tarantellas including folk dace, folk ensembles, versions for mandolin, mandolin and guitar, guitar, accordeon and orchestra. Enjoy the Italian tarantella!

Additional Information

Wikipedia about the tarantella (German): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantella

Wikipedia about the tarantella (English.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantella

Wikipedia about the ballet Napoli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoli_%28ballet%29

Diskussion in the Mandolin Cafe (with information and sheet music): http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?57691-Tarentella

Another post about a tarantella: Tarantella Siziliana – Mit Gitarre, Mandoline und Maultrommel

youtube channel Roman Gurochkin: http://www.youtube.com/user/Gurochkin

Sheetmusic

I have collected many sources for sheet music of tarantellas:

Three tarantellas for the accordeon (manuscript): http://www.cabrillo.edu/~stappero/Music%20Sheets/MusicIndex.htm

Sheetmusic at IMSLP – classical versions, many versions for the piano: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:imslp.org+tarantella

Paganini – Tarantella for violin and guitar (ther is a video of this tarantella with flute and guitar in my playlist): http://imslp.org/wiki/Tarantella_for_Violin_and_Guitar_%28Paganini,_Niccol%C3%B2%29

Sheetmusic and TABs for mandolin: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/american-mandolin-tab/tarantella.htm

Sheetmusic and TABs for guitar: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/american-guitar-tab/tarantella.htm

Sheetmusic  for flute: http://www.flutetunes.com/tunes.php?id=543

Traditional Italian tune

The “Tarantella” dance music is probably the most recognized tune of all Italian folk music. You can see this dance at authentic southern Italian weddings, and obviously it appears in the famous 1972 film The Godfather. In The Godfather Part II, Frankie Pentangeli tries to get the wedding band (who is not Italian) to play a tarantella; they end up playing “Pop Goes the Weasel” instead!

Sheetmusic (abc tune search) – the most important tarantella folk tunes: http://abcnotation.com/searchTunes?q=tarantella&f=c&o=a&s=0


Carlo Aonzo – Northern Italian & Ticino Region Folk Songs for Mandolin

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