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Ernesto Becucci – The famous waltz “Tesoro Mio” and…

Ernesto Becucci (1845 – 1905) was a popular and succesful Italian composer during the second half of the 19th century. Especially his composition “Tesoro Mio” has been successful all over the world.

His compositions have also been arranged for mandolin and mandolin orchestra. In the monthly reports about published music (Hofmeisters Monatsberichte) from 1906 I have found a note about the composition “Erhaschte Küsse Op. 294” in a version for mandolin solo or with piano or guitar accompaniment:


The composition “Che Ridere!” played by the mandolin ensemble “Mutinae Plectri” can be seen in the following video:

I have also found a historical recording with Troise and his Mandoliers (Selecta Plectrum Orchestra), a recording of  “Che ridere” by the Ensemble Ansamblul “ANIMO” from Moldavia and another version of “Tesoro Mio” with mandolins, mandocello and guitar (sheet music for this arrangement can be found in the Mandolin Cafe forum – see below).

There are many other versions with piano, accordion, carouselorgan or with bigger orchestras.

I have compiled compositions by Ernesto Becucci in the following playlist – enjoy the music by Ernesto Becucci!

Playlist Ernesto Becucci

Additional Information and Sheet Music

This is a well-known Italian waltz, originally written in 1895 for piano and adapted to many other settings over the following century. The original piano score is at IMSLP and there are many recordings, old and new, on Youtube. Pasquale Troise recorded it at one of his very first Decca sessions around 1929/30 (Link) with his Selecta Plectrum Mandoline Orchestra, shortly to be renamed “Troise & His Mandoliers”.

Becucci was a popular composer of the day and this is his best-known tune. He was a contemporary of Carlo Munier in Florence, and Munier dedicated his Duettino I to Becucci.

My recording is based on an arrangement for two mandolins and guitar published around 1910/20 by A. Paolilli’s Music Co., Providence R.I., and uploaded by Sheri in her Dropbox thread. I have recorded the original mandolin parts on vintage Italian bowlback mandolins, and have added a mandocello bass line to the guitar rhythm.

You can also find a number of free sheet music downloads for piano in the French National Library bnf:

Another compostion can be found on the site of James Garber:

Sheet music by Becucci from the Nakano library


Troise and his Mandoliers / Banjoliers – Historical Mandolin…

Pasquale Troise (1895 – 1957) was born in Naples in 1895. He came to Great Britan during the 1920, first as a member of the London Radio Dance Band, but soon founded his own orchestra, the Selecta Plectrum Mandoline Orchestra, which was later renamed to Troise and his Mandoliers. When the banjo became more popular than the mandolin (mainly because it was louder) the orchestra replaced the mandolins by banjos and played as Troise and his Banjoliers. The orchestra existed from the 1930s until 1957 directed by Troise, and continued until the early 1970s then conducted by Jack Mandel.

The orchestra did regularly appear in a radio broadcast named “Music while you work”. The history of Troise and his Mandoliers can be found on the website Masters of Melody. There you can also listen to two complete recordings of the broadcasts from 1956 and 1964. It is also interesting to read that some important classical mandolin players including Hugo d’Alton played with Troise and his Mandoliers.

Their personnel changed very little over the years — classical mandoline player Hugo D’Alton, Billy Bell and Terry Walsh were all there to ensure stability, with accordionist Emile Charlier or Albert Delroy and pianists such as William Davies and Sidney Davey.

Many recordings and also movies (filmed by British Pathe between 1932 and 1940 ) with Troise and his Mandoliers are also available at youtube, I have compiled everything that I have found in the following playlist:

Playlist Troise and his Mandoliers

Additional Information

Website about Troise and his Banjoliers

Wikipedia about “Music while you work”

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe about Troise and the Mandoliers

Wikipedia about Angy Palumbo who was a member of Troise and hia Mandoliers

Palumbo was a specialist of various fretted instruments, and his advertisements in the trade journal B.M.G. shows that he taught guitar as well as banjo, mandolin and violin playing.[1] He himself also played several of these instruments as a member of “Troise and his Mandoliers”, a band led by fellow Italian immigrant Pasqual Troise (1895–1957). This band recorded frequently and also made regular radio appearances.[2]

The Wikipedia article contains a link to a PDF version of an interesting article about Angy Palumbo by the B. M. G.

German article about Troise and his Mandoliers

Troise And His Mandoliers – 78 RPM – Discography

The Tommy Douse Mandoliers

Written by Brian on The Tommy Douse Mandoliers were formed in 1940 and entertained audiences in and around the North East of England until 1980.

Article about Bernard Sheaff on the zitherbanjo website

During the 40’s and early 50s Mr. Sheaff’s main occupation was composing and arranging for professional fretted instrument bands; in particular, Troise and His Mandoliers (and Banjoliers), the Troise Novelty Orchestra, the Serenaders, etc.


“Love’s Dream after the Ball” ♫ Waltz / Intermezzo…

Some days ago I have made a scan of a nice piece for mandolin orchestra and have uploaded it to my website mandoisland and to the IMSLP site.

It’s a composition by Alphons Czibulka with the great title:

Songe D’Amour Apres le Bal / Liebestraum nach dem Balle / Love’s Dream after the Ball

This is the article about Alphons Czibulka in the German Brockhaus-Riemann dictionary of music:

Czibulka [‘tsibulko], Alphons, * 14.5.1842 Szepes- Várallya (Ungarn), † 27.10.1894 Wien; ung. Komponist, Armeekapellmeister in Wien, schrieb sechs Operetten und zahlreiche Tanzmusikstücke. Bekannt geblieben ist die Stephanie-Gavotte.
[Brockhaus-Riemann Musiklexikon: Czibulka, S. 1. Digitale Bibliothek Band 38: Brockhaus Riemann – Musiklexikon, S. 2386 (vgl. BRM Bd. 1, S. 288) (c) Schott Musik International]

Czibulka has composed several operettas, and his most famous piece is the Stephanie Gavotte. I think that Love’s Dream after the Ball is a great piece and I like to listen to it very much. So maybe the sheet music of this piece for mandolin orchestra will be played by some mandolin orchestra.

There are some videos of this composition at youtube, with the title in the three different languages.

This is a historical recording of the piece:

“Songe D’Amour Apres le Bal” Waltz (Czibulka) Played by Dajos Bela & His Orchestra C 1930

Playlist Songe D’amour Apres le Bal


Additional Information

Free sheet music for piano or mandolin orchestra on the IMSLP site:


Historical recordings with compositions by Alphons Czibulka (Love’s Dream after the Ball, Stephanie Gavotte, Nightingale Waltz u. a.)  in the National Library of the Library of Congress :


Free sheet music for mandolin, guitar, mandolin orchestra on my website  www.mandoisland.de on page “free sheet music”

Sheet music by A. Czibulka in the National Library of Autralia:



Enrico Toselli – Famous Serenade – Free Sheet Music…

On the website  http://www.justclassicalguitar.com/vpmusicmedia/biblioteca.php I have found the sheet music for the famous Serenade Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli for mandolin and guitar.

Biography of Enrico Toselli on the website of the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/a3856768-44f6-4209-a8c4-4d70adff516d

and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Toselli

Enrico Toselli (March 13, 1883 Florence – January 15, 1926 Florence) was an Italian pianist and composer. He studied the piano with Giovanni Sgambati and composition with Giuseppe Martucci and Reginaldo Grazzini. At a very early age he started on a brilliant career as a concert pianist in Italy, the principal European capitals and also in Alexandria and North America. Later he settled in Florence, teaching and composing, while still appearing frequently on the concert platform. He composed a number of songs, of which the Serenata ‘Rimpianto’ Op.6 No.1 was the most popular. He also wrote two operettas, La cattiva Francesca (1912) and La principessa bizzarra (1913).

Although a successful performer and composer, Toselli’s prodigious fame was largely due to the international scandal occasioned by his marriage to the former Crown Princess of Saxony, Her Imperial and Royal Highness the Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany in 1907. She had previously deserted her husband, Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, years earlier. Toselli and the Archduchess’ marriage was not a happy one, and they separated in 1912. They had one son together, Carlo Emanuele Toselli (7 May 1908 – 1969). Toselli used his fame as the ex-husband of such an illustrious woman to good effect by writing a successful book of memoirs, Mari d’altesse: 4 ans de mariage avec Louise de Toscane, ex-princesse de Saxe.


On the website http://luiseoftuscany.yolasite.com/enrico-toselli.php you can find three historical postcards from t the wedding of Toselli with Countess Montignoso (Luise).

The Serenade by Toselli is played frequently until today, and there are many youtube videos of this piece available, including instrumental versions for different instruments and songs in many languages. Famous ingers like Benjamino Gigli, Perry Como, Rudolf Schock, Richard Tauber, Jose Carreras, Mario Lanza have sung the Serenade.

Let’s start with a historical recording played by the violinist Jan Bleumers:



A great version for guitar ensemble with two solo guitars:

VCU Guitar Ensemble performs Serenade, Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli

The VCU Guitar Ensemble performs Serenade, Op. 6 by Enrico Toselli in concert on May1, 2011 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The arrangement is by John Patykula. The soloists are Nathan Mills and Hannah Standiford. The ensemble is directed by John Patykula.

A great version in a popular swinging style with the pianist Peter Kreuder:

Peter Kreuder – Toselli-Serenade

Am Flügel: Peter Kreuder mit seinen Rhythmikern

Historical recording in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/search/results?q=toselli

Playliste Toselli – Serenade


Additional Information

Wikipedia about Enrico Toselli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Toselli

Free sheet music for the Serenade by Enrico Toselli for mandolin and guitar:


Free sheet music of the Serenade at IMSLP: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Toselli,_Enrico

Free sheet music for flute: http://www.flutetunes.com/tunes.php?id=549

Free sheet music for string quartet: http://www.ktvc8.com/article/article_258234_1.html

Free sheet music for two guitars: https://sites.google.com/a/gerryonline.net/guitar/Home/scores-and-mp3-files

Pictures (old postcards) of Enrico Toselli: http://luiseoftuscany.yolasite.com/enrico-toselli.php

CD with more compositions by Enrico Toselli: http://www.fabioarmiliato.com/cd-Toselli.htm

answers.com about Tosellis Serenade: http://www.answers.com/topic/serenade-for-voice-piano-or-orchestra-rimpianto-no-1-op-6