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The Mandolin Orchestra “Il Mare Mandolin Club” from Chiba…

The mandolin orchestra “Il Mare” from Chiba in Japan has posted about twenty videos in its youtube channel.

The orchestra weas founded in 2008, the first concert was given in 2009. The videos contain pieces from the concerts in 2009 – 2013, the sixth concert is planned for this year.

I have compiled the videos in my playlist:

Videos by the Mandolin Orchestra “Il Mare” – Chiba

The following pieces are included:

  • Rome und Julia
  • Godfather II – Immigrant
  • Perl Fisher’s Tango
  • Plein Soleil.太陽がいっぱい
  • Marine Fantasy von Hiro Fujikake
  • The Spirit of Nature by Hiro Fujikake
  • Some Enchanted Evening 魅惑の宵 (R. Rodgers)
  • New Cinema Paradiso Medley
  • Gavotte – Serenade by Amedeo Amedei – “One of the most performed pieces composed for Mandolin orchestra. Performed by IL MARE Mandolin Club, an amateur Japanese mandolin club in Chiba, Japan from its forth regular concert held in 2012. “>One of the most performed pieces composed for Mandolin orchestra.”
  • Suite Spagnuola by Claudio Mandonico
  • Slavischer Tanz Nr. 10 von A. Dvorak
  • Stabat Mater by Hiro Fujikake
  • Fantasia Kyusyu (Hiro Fujikake)
  • Serenate Napolitane by Primo Silvestri – “A lovely Italian piece by Primo Silvestri, arranged for mandolin orchestra. Performed by IL MARE Mandolin Club, an amateur Japanese mandolin club in Chiba, Japan from its fifth regular concert held in 2013. “>
  • Dances for the Mandolin & the Moon (Richard Charlton) – “A fascinating mandolin orchestra work, partly inspired by one of Picasso’s most beautiful cubist works, Girl with a Mandolin, composed in 2005 by Richard Charlton, who is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading composers and guitarists. Performed by IL MARE Mandolin Club, an amateur Japanese mandolin club in Chiba, Japan from its fifth regular concert held in 2013. “>
  • Song of the Spirit 魂の歌 (Karl Jenkins)
  • Summertime in Venice ベニスの夏の日
  • Stardust スターダスト
  •  So in Love ソー・イン・ラブ

Additional Information

Website Il Mare (japanisch)

Mandolin' Club de Paris Disques Festival - Postcard mandolin orchestra

The Mandolin’ Club de Paris – Videos, a Postcard…

The Mandolin’ Club de Paris was a very successful mandolin orchestra which has recorded several albums. The orchestra was conducted by Jeanne Ricada Mathorez (1887 – 1980). A recording of the orchestra has been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1954.

I have found two albums by the Mandolin’ Club at Spotify. I have listened to those two albums – and I must say that the recordings are made very well. The mandolin orchestra is using flutes, castagnettes, Hawaii guitar or the piano as additional instruments to make the performences interesting.

I have recently found two great videos with the Mandolin’ Club de Paris at youtube – you should really watch those videos! By the way – Ricada Mathorez (born in 1887) is aged 80 in the second video, and almost 87 in the first!

2 03 1974 Mandolin’ Club de Paris Top à Jacques Dutronc

Le Mandoline Club de Paris joue “Les bateliers de la Volga”

26 novembre 1968
Le Mandolin’s Club de Paris joue “Les bateliers de la Volga”, musique traditionnelle russe. Émissions TV, Archive tv, Archive television, tv replay live, live music, french tv Images d’archive INA
Institut National de l’Audiovisuel
http://www.ina.fr

Video must be viewed directly on youtube: http://youtu.be/rJJ_YPooEA4

I have just bought some sheet music with two pieces by Jose Santis that have been played and recorded by the Mandolin’ Club – Cortijera und Ole Jerez! On the cover you can find a picture of the orchestra and the following:

2 Formidables Paso Dobles de Celebre Compositeur Espagnol Jose Sentis.

Cortiera – Olé Jérez!

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Le Mandolin’ Club de Ricada Mathorez

Grand Prix du Disque 1954

I do also own a postcard of the Mandolin’ Club with their instruments nicely decorated in front of the orchestra. I have made a small gallery withthe 3 pictures – just click on one of the picture to open the gallery:

I do not know how long the Mandolin’ Club de Paris has existed. Ricada Mathorez died in 1980, probably the club stopped playing some years after those videos were made.

Additional Information

Two records of the Mandolin’ Club are available at spotify – just search for “Mandolin Club” .

Blog post in French about  the Mandolin’ Club de Paris

Jeanne Ricarda Mathorez – biographie (French)

(a translation of this would be great)

Wikipedia about Jose Sentis

Playliste with the videos of the Mandolin’ Club de Paris and some compositions by Jose Sentis in histoirical recordings and modern versions for mandolin orchestra

A video with the recording of “Lisboa Antigua” can be found on the following page: Lisboa Antigua

Amazon Partnerlink – Two albums als mp3 Download:

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Clayton’s Grand March by C. D. Blake – Free…

In my sheet music archive I have an edition of  Clayton’s Grand March by Charles Dupee Blake (Sep. 13, 1847 — Nov. 23, 1903), arranged for mandolin orchestra by F. Kollmaneck. Als the copyright of this sheet music has expired I have made a scan of the sheet music – check the free download link below.

Clayton’s Grand March has been published in 1878. The sheet music can be found in two sheet music collections (see below).

C. D. Blake was a very popular composer and he has composed many popular pieces. You can find some information about C. D. Blake in the Petrucci Library.

I have found the following historical recording of the March played by the Victor Military Band in the Archive of thre Library of Congress:

Clayton’s Grand March – Historical Recording (1914) by the Victor Military Band

There are some videos of piano versions, including version for 4 hands and 6 hands at youtube. I have compiled some videos in the following playlist:

Playlist Clayton’s Grand March

Free Download of the version for mandolin orchestra (PDF):

The arrangement is scord for 1st mandolin, 2nd mandolin, mandola, guitar and mando-cello:

Sheet music for piano:
or

Additional information and other free sheet music by C. D. Blake in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):

My link collection about C. D. Blake:

London Mandolin Ensemble mandolin ensemble

London 2013 – A Rehearsal with the London Mandolin…

The London Mandolin Ensemble was founded in 2012. In previous years existed an earlier London Mandolin Ensemble, but for many years there was not much mandolin ensemble music in London.

London Mandolin Ensemble is a small chamber orchestra of around a dozen musicians and conductor. Our members are keen plucked string players from London and the surrounding areas.

We are pleased to have revived, in name at least, the original London Mandolin Ensemble,
which first met in Petit France and then Pimlico, London, in the early 1970s. Members of this group included Paul Marquis, who studied and worked with virtuoso mandolinist Hugo D’Alton at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the British composer Eileen Packenham.

Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music, from early music to contemporary works. Instrumentation is based on the Romantic quartet tradition of mandolin 1, mandolin 2, octave mandola and guitar.

On Tuesday we have visited the rehearsal of the London Mandolin Ensemble. We rehearsed the mandolin concerto by Hasse, the Canon by Pachelbl and started with a piece by Eileen Packenham with a lot of chromatic scales. The rehearsal was conducted by Travis Finch who has studied with Alison Stephens. Travis does also organize a regular workshop for the mandolin players in London.

In recent years the London Mandolin Festival has been organized every year. There are some videos from the performances of the London Mandolin Festival at youtube:

Playlist London Mandolin Festival

Back in 1955 and 1949

The BMG has organized Banjo and Mandolin Festivals in the 1940s and 1950s, British Pathe has two short videos about the festivals of 1949 and 1955 – you can see many anjo players, but also some mandolins:

Plenty of Pluck (1951)

Musicians of Britain’s Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Clubs are arriving at Red Lion Square with instruments. An orchestra plays ‘Mind the Guns’ conducted by Phil Barker.

Music Festival on Strings (1949)

Participants are arriving, later a big Orchestra is playling.

Back in 1903

In 1903 a big mandolin orchestra has played in Queen’s Hall and in the Crystal Pallace. The following postcard shows”The Largest Mandoline Band in the World”

 

Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903
Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903

Additional Information

On the website of the London Mandolin Ensemble you can find additional information about the members and the conductor of the ensemble, about the rehearsals and a lot of more interesting information about the mandolin.

Website: http://www.londonmandolinensemble.org.uk/

Youtube Channel Travis Finch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ttamsivart/videos

About  Travis Finch: http://www.chadlingtonfestival.org.uk/artists/finch/

Website of the BMG: http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/

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