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Jean and Janvier Pietrapertosa – Father and Son –…

Jean und Janvier Pietrapertosa belong to the mandolin players and mandolin teachers that helped to make the mandolin popular in the region of Paris in France around 1900.Both have written important mandolin methods , they have composed their own pieces and and arranged the popular music of the time.

Until today not much is known about the biographies of father and son Pietrapertosa. In many cases no difference is made between the two as if it was just one person namend J. Pietrapertosa.

I have recently found a document – a dictionary about the contemporaries – that contains short biographies of both – the father Jean Pietrapertosa and his son Janvier Pietrapertosa. The book that can be found in the French National Library bnf is dated to 1906, the copy from archive.org is dated to some years later.

Dictionnaire national des contemporains: contenant les notices des membres de l’Institut de France, du gouvernement et du parlement français, de l’Académie de médecine…. T. 5 / sous la dir. de C.-E. Curinier (1906) http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k82888j.image

The same book at archive.org: https://archive.org/stream/dictionnairenati05curiuoft#page/n73/mode/2up

Father: Jean-Ferdinand-Salvator Pietrapertosa

PIETRAPERTOSA (Jean-Ferdinand-Salvator)

Musicien, né à Naples (Italie) le 10 juin 1855.

Déjà, dans sa ville natale où il accomplit ses études, M. Pietrapertosa s’était fait connaître comme mandoliniste solo, lorsqu’en 1882, il vint en France, où il acclimata bientôt son instrument, qui y était presque tombé en oubli. Il devint, peu de temps après, mandoliniste solo de l’Opéra-Comique, puis de l’Opéra.

M. Pietrapertosa a écrit plusieurs compositions pour la mandoline, dont les plus importantes sont la Nuit d’automne et la Marche du Mandoliniste. Il est l’auteur, en collaboration avec M. Alissa, de la musique de Mariage galante, opéra-comique de MM. Oswald et Boucheron, représenté à l’Olympia en 1892, et d’une Méthode de Mandoline.

On lui doit aussi l’invention d’un système perfectionné de mandoline et d’un pupitre-pédale.

Naturalisé français en 1892, M. Pietrapertosa est décoré du Medjidié et de divers autres ordres.


PIETRAPERTOSA (Jean-Ferdinand-Salvator)

Musician,born in Naples (Italy) on Juni 10, 1855.

Already, in his hometown where he completed his studies, Mr. Pietrapertosa had made himself known as a solo mandolinist, when in 1882 he came to France, where he soon acclimated his instrument, which had almost fallen into oblivion. He became, shortly thereafter, solo mandolinist of the Opéra-Comique, then of the Opera.

Pietrapertosa has written several compositions for the mandolin, the most important of which are the “Nuit d’automne” and “Marche du Mandoliniste” . He is the author, in collaboration with M. Alissa, of the music of Mariage galante, opéra-comique by MM. Oswald and Boucheron, represented at Olympia in 1892, and a Mandolin Method.

He also owes the invention of an improved system of mandolin and a pedal console.

Naturalized French in 1892, Mr. Pietrapertosa is decorated with Medjidie and various other orders. Read more “Jean and Janvier Pietrapertosa – Father and Son – Mandolin Methods and Compositions for the Mandolin”

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Salvatore Falbo Giangreco – Compositions for Mandolin Orchestra

The compositions by Salvatore Falbo Giangreco are very popular in Japan. Falbo reached the 6th position in an evaluation of the most played composers by mandolin orchestras in Japan ( Auswertung über die meistgespielten Komponisten bei japanischen Mandolinenorchestern ).

I have found many videos of works via Falbo, mostly played by Japanese mandolin orchestras. In this post I want to present the works by Salvatore Falbo Giangreco.

Ouverture in Re min

The first video in the following playklist is a recording with the orchestra Arte Tokyo conducted by Yasunobe Inoue. This orchestra playes a longer version of the Ouverture in D minor which has been edited from the original score. The following videos show the official version of this often played ouverture.

Suite Campestre

Danza a vespro – Serenatella – Alba di Festa

The third movement “Alba die Festa” has been played in the All Japan Mandolin Competition – the third video shows a compilation of many performances of this 3rd movement from the competition.

Spagna – Suite in four movements

Serenata Castigliana – Jota e Canzone (the second and third movement are played together as one movement) – Bolero

Serenata for mandolin and piano

Read more “Salvatore Falbo Giangreco – Compositions for Mandolin Orchestra”


Stephen Lalor – Australian Mandolin Player and Composer for…

Stephen Lalor is a mandolin player and composer who lives in Australia. I have met Stephen during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2014 in Bruchsal.

Many of Stephen’s compositions are available as youtube videos. One of my favorite compositions – Kolo Kolo – is available in two different versions. The first recording is played by the Volatinsky Trio with Stephen Lalor playing the domra, together with violoncello and a hammered dulcimer. The second version is played by a more typical mandolin ensemble – the Ensemble Plektra. As many of Stephen’s compositions Kolo Kolo is based on folk dances from Eastern Europe.

Another piece that I liked very much is the Four String Swing, one of the few swinging composition for mandolins.

Stephen has composed for many different groups. You can find a composition for mandolin and harp (Ballade and Autostrada Waltz, played by Alison Stephens and Lauren Scott), and you can hear the Digeridoo as the typical Australian instrument in his Brisbane Suite.

Recently Stephen has been awarde a PhD for his compositions:

Stephen Lalor has recently been awarded a PhD (Composition) through the University of Sydney (May 2014). His folio of compositions for solo mandolin, solo guitar, mandola, string quartet and mixed ensemble (titled Ethnicities of Sound) were described as:

“sophisticated, compelling, cosmopolitan music compositions, which are beautifully rendered and replete with new sounds and virtuosic techniques that are deeply embodied by a musician-composer who is a specialist in the field of plucked instruments ….” (Dr Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick, Ireland)

I have compiled the following playlist with compositions by Stephan Lalor (focused on compositions for mandolin and other plucked instruments).

Playlist Stephen Lalor

List of compositions for the mandolin by Stephen Lalor

Additional information about Stephen Lalor


Konrad Wölki – Compositions and Arrangements for Mandolin Orchestra…

Konrad Wölki was one of the composers in Germany who made the move from the traditional mandolin orchestra (Mandolinenorchester) to the modern mandolin orchesra (Zupforchester). His first compositions were big ouvertures intended for large orchestras in the more traditional style, but later he started to look back into history and start compose in a style without the tremolo.

Konrad Wölki was the author of a mandolin method and studies for one or two mandolins.

I will add more information about Konrad Wölki later to this article.

The sheet music for all compositions is available at  Trekel Verlag.

About Konrad Wölki: http://wikipedia.qwika.com/de2en/Konrad_W%C3%B6lki

I have compiled all the youtube videos with works by Konrad Wölki that I have found so far.

Ouvertüre Nr. 1 in A-Dur

「序曲 イ長調」 Ouverture A Dure Wolki

Synthesized Version – Virtual Mandolin Orchestra

Ouvertüre Nr. 2. in Fis-Moll

序曲第二番 Ouvertüre Nr. 2

Shaddai Mandolinenensemble

Ouvertüre Nr. 3 in D-Dur

ヴィヴァ・マンドリーノ第14回定演「序曲第三番『ニ長調』」 Konrad Wölki

Viva Mandolino 14th Concert Part1
“Ouvertüre Nr. 3 (D-Dur)”
Composition: Konrad Wölki
Arrangement: Jun Akagi “赤城 淳”
Direcotor: Takeshi Katakura “片倉 武”

序曲第三番「ニ長調」Ouvertüre Nr.3 in D-dur : Konrad Wölki

Hamamatsu Mandolin Orchestra since 1971

Ouvertüre Nr. 4 in H-Moll, Op. 7

Obertura nº4 Op. 7 en Sim (Konrad Wölki) – OCPCA

Obertura nº4 Op. 7 en Sim / Oberture nº4 Op. 7 in B minor
Interpretado por O.C.P.C.A. (Orquesta de Cuerda Pulsada de los Conservatorios de Aragón)
Director: Jorge Casanova

Obertura nº4 Op.7 en Sim (Konrad Wölki) OCPCA

Concierto Teatro Bellas Artes TARAZONA: 05/05/2012


Mandoline Konzert Higashi 5.
Ab 13.30 Uhr, 23. August 1992 (Montag) (1992)
Zentral Community Center Great Hall Higashihiroshima

Konrad Wölki Komponisten “in B minor” Ouvertüre Nr. vier

Ouvertüre “Die Heimreise”, Op. 17

序曲 「ハイムライゼ」 Die Heimreise,Ouvertüre Konrad Helmut Wölki K.ヴェルキ

Hamamatsu Mandolin Orchestra since1971

Heimreise (partial)

Bundang Mandolin Orchestra
Heimreise partial
Conducted by MinSoon Park

Not recorded fully because of battery low )-:

Die Grosse Stunde, Ein festliches Stück, Op. 18

大いなる時代 Die Grosse Stunde

Hamamatsu Mandolin Orchestra

Suite Nr. 2, “Musik für schlichte Feierstunden” Op. 31

07 組曲2番Suite Nr 2 op 31

Abonnement Concert Mandoline Verein Gymnasium Meiji 22. 1981

00:00 _I: Mit innerer Beschwingtheit (うきうきした気分で)
01:42 _II: Freudig erregt (楽しく高揚して)
05:01 _III: Sehr gemessen (とても荘厳に)
07:48 _IV: Mit leichten Tanzschritten (軽やかなステップで)
10:05 V: Sehr gestrafft (すごく合理的に)

Europäische Suite, Op. 89

Konrad Wölki, Europäische Suite

Der Mandolinenclub “Ellerbek von 1911” e.V. spielt anlässlich seines 100-jährigen Jubiläums im Kieler Schloss: Konrad Wölki op. 89 Europäische Suite

Konrad Wölki – Flemish Pirate Song from European Suite op.89

Konrad Wölki, Flemish Pirate Song (Flämisches Seeräuberlied) from: Europäische Suite (European Suite), op. 89 played by the Mandolin Orchestra Ettlingen, www.mandolinenorchester-ettlingen.de, conducted by Boris Björn Bagger,

Konrad Wölki, Europäische Suite, op. 89 (excerpts)

Konrad Wölki, Europäische Suite (European Suite), op. 89 (excerpts) played by the Mandolin Orchestra Ettlingen, www.mandolinenorchester-ettlingen.de, conducted by Boris Björn

Konzert für Oboe und Orchester

Suite Appassionata

Chuo-Universität Musik Study Group Mandolinenclub: 熱情組曲 K ヴェルキ Suite Appassionata K.Wölki

2012年 第102回定期演奏会より

1. Leidenschaftlich bewegt
2. Schmerzlich(2’43″)
3. Still Vergnudt(8’30″)
4. Leidenschaftlich bewegt(10’38″)

En Bälg&En Stråke – Suite Appassionata

En Bälg&En stråke performs Suite Assassionata by Konrad Wölki
Musik på Forsviks bruk 2010
Per Boesen cello Kallis Bengtsson accordion

Arrangements by Konrad Wölki

Suite von G. F. Händel

Suite by Händel played by the Mandolin Orchestra Het CONSORT

The Suite by Georg Friedrich Händel performed here on YouTube by the Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT is a compilation of 4 pieces arranged for Mandolin Orchestra of Händel’s harpsichord music based on an earlier setting for mandolin orchestra by the German mandolin pioneer Konrad Wölki. All the movements show Händel’s remarkable polyphonic and wonderful melodic style.
Especially known, in solo instrumental as well as in orchestral versions, is the famous theme of the Sarabande to which Händel added two beautiful variations.

John Baston – Konzert für Flöte und Orchester

John Baston (1730) (Concerto N°2 in Do magg. per flauto soprano e orchestra a plettro)

“Arcangelo Corelli” Orchestra – Poncarale BS Italy – 18-04-1993
(Google Maps=45.461,10.172637)
John Baston (Konzert Nr.II (C-dur)
für Sopran-Blockflöte or Oboe or Akkordeon und Zupfinstrumente
Arrangiamento: Konrad Wölki
Flauto: Elena C.
Mandolino solo: Fabio B.
Art Direction: Lorenzo Bianchi

Santa Lucia


83. regelmäßige Konzerttätigkeit Mandolin Ensemble Anima Nagasaki
Santa Lucia (neapolitanische Volkslied, von Konrad Wölki angeordnet)

Serenata Napolitana – Fedele Rivelli

Mandolinata Mannheim 2009 – Serenata napolitana – Fedele Rivelli

Fedele Rivelli (unbek.)
Arr. K. Wölki

Playlist Konrad Wölki