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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:

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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

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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.

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Mandolin Serenade ❤ Love Melody ★ Bonetti Brothers Melody…

Recently I have discovered two videos with historical recordings from a 78 record by the group Bonetti Brothers Melody Makers with mandolin.

The Mandolin Serenade has been composed by Dario C. Bonetti. I have found some information about Dario C. Bonetti in the archive of the University of Iowa Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century. Chautauquas were very popular until the end of the 1920s when the movie business changed the situation and Chautauquas became less popular.

The flyer about Dario C. Bonetti stems from a later time, after World War II. Here are two quotes from this flyer:

Dario C. Bonetti, who was one (of) Italians formost plectrum guitarists, ranks with the world’s great guitarists. He now is an American citizen and will make his first American concert tour with a special electric guitar under Redpath management.

Dario Bonetti was a seargeant-musician in World War II and entertained in Europe with Joshua Logan, Mickey Rooney, Bobby Breen, Red Buttons and Eugene List.

The flyer can be found on the following page:

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/tccc:@FIELD%28OTHER+@od1%28+bonetti,+dario+c++%29%29

I have not found other information about the Bonetti Brothers or about the mandolin which has been used on the recording. I have found some information about the history of the Okeh label, and for me it looks like this record has been made around 1945.

This is my playlist with the two pieces:

Mandolin Serenade (Dario C. Bonetti) + Love Melody (V. Cesarino)

Bonetti Brothers Melody Makers

Additional Information

OKEH Records – labels and history: http://rateyourmusic.com/label/okeh_records/

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“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

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA820A8162A8E4629

Additional Information

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

http://imslp.org/wiki/Songe_d%27amour_apr%C3%A8s_le_bal,_Op.356_%28Czibulka,_Alphons%29

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 :

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/search/results?q=czibulka

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:

http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Search/Home?lookfor=czibulka&type=all&limit[]=&submit=Find&limit[]=format%3AOnline