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Donizetti – Lucia de Lammermoor – Repertorio del Mandolinista…

I have uploaded a new booklet with sheet music to my homepage www.mandoisland.de (free download). This is a booklet with title Repertorio del Mandolinista which does contain opera melodies, marches, mazurkas, polkas and a tarantella. It was published in 1899 by Carisch & Jänichen as vol. 18 of this series with popular melodies for the mandolin.

The second piece in this booklet is based on the aria Fra poco a me ricoveri from Lucia de Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.

Fra poco a me ricovero von Donizetti.

I have found many videos of this aria. The first two videos are historic recordings of this aria. The mandolin version is almost exactly transcribed, but it is shortened a little bit at the end. For me it is very useful to listen to those videos to be able to play the melody in the right mood with all the tempo changes and fermatas.

Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor

Giovanni Martinelli- Fra poco a me ricovero (1916)

Italian tenor Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969) sings Fra poco a me ricovero, from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

Recorded in 1916.

Franco Corelli – Fra poco a me ricovero

Aria della Lucia di Lamermoor interpretata da Franco Corelli…fenomenale!

The third video begins with an introduction by the orchestra and the scene before the aria.

Cesar Gutierrez Tenor Aria – Fra poco a me ricovero

Links about Donizetti – Lucia de Lammermoor – Fra poco a me ricovero

Find more videos of Fra poco a me ricovero von Donizetti: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Fra+poco+a+me+ricovero&aq=f

You can download the complete booklet  Repertorio del Mandolinista as a PDF from my homepage on page free sheet music: www.mandoisland.de

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Repertorio del Mandolinista – Donizetti – La Favorita (free…

I have uploaded a new booklet with sheet music to my homepage www.mandoisland.de (free download). This is a booklet with title Repertorio del Mandolinista which does contain opera melodies, marches, mazurkas, polkas and a tarantella. It was published in 1899 by Carisch & Jänischen as vol. 18 of this series with popular melodies for the mandolin.

I have looked for youtube videos of the first three pieces which are based on opera arias by Donizetti and Bellini. I think listening to those arias could be very helpful to learn how to play this pieces on the mandolin.

The first piece is based on two melodies from the opera La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti.

Here are some videos of the aria  Bei Raggi Lucenti from the opera La Favorita von Donizetti.

Donizetti – La Favorita – Air d’Ines: “Bei raggi lucenti…”

Donizetti – Bei raggi lucenti

The second melodie is  Quando le soglie paterne vercai, this is a recording with Shirley Verret and Paolo Coni from 1991:

Shirley Verrett & Paolo Coni “Quando le soglie paterne vercai” La Favorita

Pavarotti 30th Debut Anniversary
29 April 1991
Orchestra of Teatro Comunale Bologna
Conductor – Maurizio Benini, Leone Margiera

I will present videos of the melodies of the second and third piece from this Repertorio del Mandolinista within the next days.

Links about Donizetti – La Favorita

Wikipedia (Eng.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_favorite

Newspaper report about a performance of La Favorita in Giessen / Germany (German): http://www.ausgehzwang.de/2010/01/05/in-der-machtmuhle-regisseur-helmut-polixa-berichtet-vorab-von-seinem-zugriff-auf-gaetano-donizettis-%E2%80%9Ela-favorita%E2%80%9C/

You can download the booklet as a PDF from my homepage on page free sheet music: www.mandoisland.de

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Espoirs Perdus – Speranze Perdute – The Famous Mandolin…

Last week I have got a bunch of old sheet music from France, including a book Mandoline-Album with six tunes composed by Alessandro Morelli. I played the tunes and I liked it immediately. When I tried to find out more about Alessandro Morelli I did not find much information about himself, but I found that one of his compositions – the last tune in my book Espoirs Perdus –  is very famous and played frequently by mandolin and especially ba accordeon players.

Alessandro Morelli must have been active in France, the pieces in his book are all dedicated to french musicienas and friends, this is the dedication of Espoirs Perdus:

A Mademoiselle Louise PAULUCCI Hommage

I have found the following historic recording of Speranze Perdute – this is the Italian titel of the tune – played by a quintet named Quintetto Spensierato, the melody is partially played by a mandolin:

Quintetto Spensierato – Speranze Perdute (Morelli) 1941

A good recording with mandolin and guitar by Egidio Faiella is available for download at: http://www.mandolinista.com/

The following duo plays with much energy, but for me the guitar player is much to straight and strong, but the mandolin player plays ok.

Speranze perdute

Un evergreen suonato con chitarra e mandolino dai fratelli Maione di Torre del Greco

Another recording form Italy with mandolin and guitar with three melodies, the second one is Speranze Perdute:

Due strimpellatori di paese, di Luigi Paternostro

One-step… paesano. Speranze perdute. Ritorno da Torino
Vincenzo Perrone alla chitarra, Luigi Paternostro al mandolino

And another one played with mandolin:

Speranze Perdute – u zu Giuvanni

Finally I have a typically French Musette version with accordeon, clarinet, banjo and piano – played by a Japanese group:

ESPOIRS PERDUS/失われし希望

Playliste Speranze Perdute

Additional information about Speranze Perdute / Espoirs Perdus / Alessandro Morelli

The complete Mandoline-Album by Alessandro Morelli as PDF on my homepage on page free sheetmusic: www.mandoisland.de

Discussion about  Speranze Perdute in the Mandolin Cafe with links and free sheetmusic: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?61564-Speranze-Perdute&highlight=speranze+perdute

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Italian Old-Time Trio – Traditional Italian Mandolin Music

The Italian Old-Time Trio plays traditional Italian mandolin music with mandolin, guitar and double bass. It  is one of the few ensembles that still plays the traditional Italian mandolin in Italy, the homeland of the mandolin.

Last year the trio had been invited to the 8th Korea Mandolin Festival. Several videos of their performance in Korea are available at youtube. The sound in those videos is quite impressive, I think that the sound has been enhanced with at least some reverb. There are some other videos made in Italy recently with a more natural sound. The first one is a piece by Giovanni GiovaleIdillio Primaverale:

Idillio primaverile (G. Gioviale) – Italian Old-time Trio

The Italian Old-time Triob specializes in traditional Italian dance music composed during the late 19th and early 20th century for mandolin, bass and guitar. The Trio is comprised of three professional musicians from Rome, Fabio Menditto, Angelo Ercoli, and Fabio Refrigeri, who come from diverse musical backgrounds. They are dedicated to performing for modern audiences the live, complex, tradtional dance music of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and tarantellas that dominated popular music in Italy before recordings came into existence. The trio has performed widely in Italy and abroad. This video was recorded at the John Felice Rome Center on September 29, 2009, hosting “Sacco and Vanzetti Vivono: Their cultural legacy in film, music and history”.

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Now one of the videos made in Korea at the Korea Mandolin Festival 2009:

Viale fiorito (G. Gioviale) – Italian Old-time Trio

This video was recorded at the 8th Korea Mandolin Festival 2009.

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Playlist with 3 videos that are still available:

More videos can be found in the youtube channel of the Italian Old-Time Trio triesis: http://www.youtube.com/user/Triesis

Additonal Information

Informationen about Giovanni Giovale on the homepage of the Federazione Mandolinistica Italiana (FMI) with some free sheet music for download: http://www.federmandolino.it/gioviale.htm