Tag: France

lute

Bruno Helstroffer – Theorbo

My newspaper had a review some days ago about the album “Calling the Muse – Old & New Pieces for Theorbo” by the French theorbo player Bruno Helstroffer.

Bruno Helstroffer has studied the guitar in Straßburg in France and has also started to play the theorbo, the lute and the vihuela. The theorbo and the lute are now his favorite instruments.

Helstroffer has played with different old music ensembles playing music of the Renaissance. He has played solo performances with his theorbo and has a very creative way to play old and new music on the lute instruments. He is composing new music for the theorbo, arranging modern compositions for the lute and even plays arrangements of pop songs.

Let’s start with a solo performance:

Fragment of “Mr Instrument Instrument presents The Great Invention for thirsty theorbo, asleep double bass, four dancers and absolute crime.”

Music: Bruno Helstroffer, Jean-Philippe Morel

Choreography: and direction: Malgorzata Haduch

Dance: Krystyna Mazurówna, Rachel Arianna Ogle, Weronika Pelczyńska, Małgorzata Haduch

Light and set design: Sebastian Molski

Camera: Filip Molski

Costumes: Unfinished Company In collaboration with Dance House Lemesos, Burdąg Foundation and with the support of Instytut Adama Mickiewicza

Bruno Helstroffer is taking part in different projects, a great example is this trio with guitar, oud and theorbo playing a composition ba Arvo Pärt:

Grégory Dargent, oud, Kevin Seddiki, guitare classique et Bruno Helstroffer, théorbe interprètent Pari Intervalo d’Arvo Pärt. Extrait du concert Ocora, Couleurs du monde enregistré le 10 septembre 2018 au Studio 105 de la Maison de la Radio.

Playlist Bruno Helstroffer

Playlist – Calling the Muse – Bruno Helstroffer

Additional information

Website Faenza: http://faenza.fr/fr

Mandolin

Florentino Calvo – An Important Mandolinist from France

Florentino Calvo is one of the leading mandolinists from France. He has studied mandolin and guitar at the concervatory of music and dance in Argenteuil with Mario Monti and in the masterclass of Alberto Ponce.

Florentino Calvo is especially interested in contemporary music. Together with the trio Polycordes (mandolin, harp and guitar) he has premiered and recorded many contemporary compositions.

But Florentino Calvo has also recorded several albums with the most important works for the mandoline of the 17th century and the Romantic age for mandolin solo or mandolin with piano, harpsichord or guitar.

Florentino Calvo is also the conductor of several orchestras like the Ensemble MG21.

I have found several live videos with Florentino Calvo and playlists of some of the albums.

Playlist Florentino Calvo

Beethoven Sonatine, recordings with the Trio Polycordes, Florentino Calvo as conductor

Complete albums at youtube

Gabriele Leone: Six sonates pour la mandoline et basse, Livre I (2015)

Ensemble Spirituoso

From Prag to Vienna

Florentino Calvo, Mandoline and Aline Zylberajch, Piano

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concert

Cuerdas Latinas – A Concert with the Ensemble Instrumental…

AICOPI is the name of a French mandolin orchestra directed by Ricardo Sandoval. The name AICOPI ist derived from the French name of this ensemble: Académie Intégrale des COrdes PIncées – Ensemble instrumental à plectres dirigé par Ricardo SANDOVAL

AICOPI took also part at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik at Bruchsal (Germany) recntly where they played the Suite Retratos by Radames Gnattali. This piece has also been played at the concert in Metz.

The orchestra gave a concert in Metz on June 16, 2018. Conductor was Marc Desmons. The complete videos of this concert are now available in the youtube channel of Ricardo Sandoval.

Program

  • Pequeña Suite (Adolfo Mejía Navarro)
  • Divertimento Nº1 “Salsoso” (Ricardo Sandoval)
  • Aria Cantilena (Heitor Villa-lobos)
  • Libertango (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Radamés Gnattali – Suite Retratos
  • Alfonsina y el Mar (Ariel Ramírez)
  • Danzón Nº2 (Arturo Márquez) arr. Germán Posada
  • Colombia Tierra Querida (Lucho Bermúdez)

Playlist Concert “CUERDAS LATINAS”

Concert “CUERDAS LATINAS”

Ensemble Instrumental AICOPI

Direction: Marc Desmons

L’Arsenal (Metz) – 16/6/18

Additional information

AICOPI (Facebook)

mandolin history

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.

Translation:

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”