Tag: free sheet music

historical recordings

Gerard Metallo – Curro Cuchares – Free Sheet Music

I have uploaded a piece by Gerardo Metallo to the Petrucci Library and to musicaneo. The title is Curro Cuchares. The piano version was already available at IMSLP, I have made a scan of the mandolin quartet version arrangend by F. Kollmaneck.

Biography of Gerardo Metallo

Gerardo Metallo – Real name: Metallo, Gerardo; Pianist, leader and composer (14 February 1871 – 14 July 1946)

Metallo was a composer, conductor and pianist.

He was born in Calabritto, in the south of Italy, but his spent his life in Uruguay, precisely in the city of Montevideo, where he arrived in 1882 when he was only 11 years old.

His compositions were popular at the beginning of the 20th century. I have found some historical recordings of his works.

Video – Curro Cuchares – Historical Recording by Bernard Taylor

guitar & mandolin – 8th – May 1949 on 78 rpm acetate (the uploader of this video switched the names – this is Curro Cuchares, Estudiantina is on the other side of this recording). Bernard Taylor plays exactly the 1st mandolin part of the arrangement by Kollmaneck, so the player might have used just this arrangement.

Playlist Curro Cuchares

I have found recordings including a piano roll and street organ performances. There are several recordings with accordion (Sharpshooters March).

Playlist Gerardo Metallo


Additional Information

Curro Cuchares is also known as Sharpshooters March for accordion in the USA. Guido Deiro, a famous accordion player of the early 20th century who is the author of Sharpshooters March tells the story about his version on Guido Deiro’s Own Story of Sharpshooters March

One morning, in the Fall of 1907, I was playing in Metz, Germany. I heard a very catchy march melody that was being played on a hand organ. I was so impressed by the tune that I made the hand organist play it over several times. He didn’t know the name of it; all he could tell me was that it was an Italian march.

At that time, I was taking lessons from the famous accordionist, Giovanni Galiardi. He took it down the best he could. 

Upon the final publication of the composition, Sharpshooters, there was applied the secondary title of Curro Cuchares by G. Metallo. When I saw the publication I enquired why the second title had been entered and why composer’s rights were given to Metallo. I was informed that there was a march similar to Sharpshooters under the name of Curro Cuchares for violin and guitar.

Sheet music at musicaneo: Curro Cuchares

Sheet music in the Petrucci Library: Gerardo Metallo

Sheet music for band (Band Music PDF Library): Curro Cuchares

Historical recordings (archive.org) – Tres Arboles / Vivi para Amarte / Curro Cuchares / La Morocha / Lejos del bien amado

On the biography page biography of Gerardo Metallo you can click to the titles of the songs in the article on the left hand side to get the sheet music of those songs!

fiddle

Cape Breton Sessions

Today I would like to present the website Cape Breton Sessions in Ottawa. Each week musicians meet for a session with folk tunes from Cape Breton. The music which is regularly played is available as a book of sheet music with today 52 sets of three to six tunes each.

Recordings from the Cape Breton Session have been made available in the youtube channel. As an example I have selected the following video with a slow tune that’s a favorite of mine – Hector the Hero. The text for the video says: “Parker Duchemin, one of the regulars at the session plays Hector the Hero for a visiting friend of his. The rest of the group joins in partway through.”

Website: http://www.cbsession.com
The sheet music can be found on page “Tunes”, search for “Full Book” to get the complete book as one document. You can also find a collection of popular Christmas tunes.

Youtube Channel Ottawa Cape Breton Sessions

Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index

On the website of the Cape Breton Session you can also find a link to the website by Alan Snyder who has compiled a huge database of recordings of Cape Breton tunes. You can find also the beginning of each tune in sheet music and a midi version of the tune.

A lot of informations as well as sheet music compilations can be found on the website Cranford Publication: http://www.cranfordpub.com/
Cranford Publications specializes in Celtic fiddle music from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland. Proprietor Paul Cranford is a fiddler, composer and retired lightousekeeper well-grounded in the traditions of music he sells, performs and arranges.”

Finally a playlist with Cape Breton tunes that I have compiled.

Historical recordings of Cape Breton tunes in the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/78rpm?and%5B%5D=cape+breton&sin=

 

fiddle

Anne Delong – Fiddle Tunes – Free Sheet Music

Some time ago I have found the youtube channel of Anne Delong. Anne Delong is a mandolin player from Ontario, Canada. She is also composing fiddle tunes and other melodies. She is presenting her tunes as recordings with sheet music in her youtube channel. You can easily play along with the video or make a screenshot to get a printed version of the music. Anne Delong has pubished two books with her compositions, you can find details about the books on her website.

Anne Delong is a retired teacher-librarian and computer resource teacher which helped definitifely to present her compositions as youtube videos and on her website. She is also maintaining several websites like the website of the Mandolin Society of Peterborough.

Mike Cole and Anne Delong played at a small festival in Whitevale, Ontario in September, 2018 along with a number of other musical groups and solo artists. This video shows Anne Delong with Mike Cole.

Mike and Anne at Whitevale PorchFest September 2018

The latest tune that can be found in the youtube channel is Carly, Bring the Barley.

Carly, Bring the Barley

Silver Street Stride

Read more “Anne Delong – Fiddle Tunes – Free Sheet Music”
mandolin sheet music

Henrik Luurtsema – Mandolin Player from the Netherlands –…

Hendrik Luurtsema is a mandolin player from the Netherlands. I have recently discovered his mandolin videos when I was looking for other recordings of Midnight on the Water which I had just recorded for my youtube channel.

When I was looking for more information about Hendrik I found his new blog where he is sharing recordings and sheet music of mandolin tunes composed by him. Hendrik presents his pieces with some background information about what has inspired him to compose the tune and about his recording.

Hendrik has played in Bluegrass bands Close to Home (information in German) and before in a folk band name Trice. He is currently active with his duo luurtsema & klein

Hendrik is also an active member of the Mandolin Cafe, he has recorded many videos for the Song of the Week social club.

This is his tune Circus Luurtieful

Playlist Hendrik Luurtsema

I have compiled my favorite mandolin tunes plyed by Hendrik in this playlist – you can find many more videos in Hendriks youtube channel.

My Version of The Valley of Malgum by Hendrik Luurtsema

Additional information

Het leven is vol met uitersten.

Soms is het vrolijk, soms is het mineur.

Soms een grap en grol, soms heel serieus.

luurtsema & klein bezingen met hun liederen alles waar het leven vol van is.

Hendrik plays – among other mandolins – a twopoint Bluegrass mandolin built by Teun van Duijvenbode

Home