Tag: Italy

chitarra battente

Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy

I have recently followed a discussion about the music of Calabria in the South of Italy. This has brought me to look for more sources of Calabrian music.

In the discussion a blog about the folk music of Italy has been mentioned. In the blog italianfolkmusic you can find a presentation of many albums with typical Italian folk music. The last update in this blog is from 2012. Previously audiofiles had been available as download from filesharing sites, but probably all those download sites are no more available today.

The first group from Calabria that I have found in this blog is Mattanza. Leader of the band is Mimmo Martinu. The band includes guitars, the chitarra battente – a typical for the South of Italy, tamburine, accordion, bagpipe and also mandolin or mandola.

Enjoy my playlist with music based on the folk music from Calabria played by Mattanza.

Playlist Mattanza – Music from Calabria

Mattanza is the word for the traditional fishing of tuna which takes place every year. You can find some videos which show pictures from the Mattanza from the 1950s. Read more “Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy”


Francesco Mammola – Mandolin Player from Italy – Mandolin…

Francesco Mammola is a young mandolin player from Italy. He has studied in Aquila and has passed with distinction in 2015. His favorite instrument is the mandolin, but he plays the piano and the accordion as well.

During the last years he has given many concerts in Italy and whole Europe. Last year he gave a concert at the festival “Le strade d‘Europa” in Lithuania. The videos made by the local TV station are available at youtube with mandolin concertos by Caudioso, Giuliano and Vivaldi.

Playliste Francesco Mammola und Čiurlionis Quartet

Francesco Mammola, mandolin

Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė, harpsichord


Jonas Tankevičius (I Violin)

Darius Dikšaitis (II Violin)

Gediminas Dačinskas (Viola)

Saulius Lipčius (Violoncello)

Filmed at the 9th International Music Festival “Le strade d‘Europa”, 12th November 2017, Vilnius

Francesco Mammola is very active as a mandolin teacher and director of youth ensembles like the Giovane Orchestra Pescolana.

In the following video he plays the famous song Tu vuò fà l’americano by Renato Carrosone to present the mandolin:

Tu vuò fà l’americano

I have made a large playlist with videos with Francesco Mammola. The playlist starts with the videos of a concert given in November 2016. Mammola plays the mandolin together with clarinet, bossoon and piano. The play Italian music with works by Ennio Morricone, Rossini, music from the movie La Vita è Bella, Carneval of Venice, a potpourri with Neapolitan folk songs and the Czardas by Vittorio Monti. The playlist includes some videos from the EXPO in Milano in 2015 where Francesco Mammola played Italian folk music together with Lino Giusti on the guitar.

A concert of the Quintetto a Pizzico Aquilano with Francesco Mammola given in London in June 2013 is also included in the playlist. Read more “Francesco Mammola – Mandolin Player from Italy – Mandolin Concertos and Italian Music”

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Valzer per un Amore – A Great Song by…

Valzer per un Amore – I have discovered this song years ago, and every now and than I need to search for it again. Now I have compiled a post about this song to find it better next time.

The song has been written by Fabrizio de André who is one of the most important singers and composer of songs in Italy. You can find the most important information about Fabrizi de André in the Wikipedia.

The melody of this song is based on a composition by the Italian composer Gino MarinuziValzer Campestre. This is a recording of the Valzer Campestre played by the Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri

Valzer Campestre, dalla Suite Siciliana di Gino Marinuzzi.
Qui è eseguito dalla Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri.
Una celebre versione è quella di Fabrizio De Andre nel disco Nuvole Barocche.

Il paesaggio che si vede è quello delle campagne fra Aidone (Enna) e Raddusa (Catania)

The song has been published by Fabrizio de André on his album nuvole barocche in 1969, there are many videos with this recording on youtube:

I have found many videos with versions by other artists. I have compiled the best videos in my playlist below. In this playlist you can also find several videos with the original Valzer Campestre by Gino Marinuzzi.

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mandolin orchestra

Music for Play – Claudio Mandonico – Compositions for…

Claudio Mandonico is a composer from Italy. He has composed some of the most played modern pieces for mandolin orchestra. Especially his suite “Music for Play” is a great work that’s fun to play and also great to listen to. The “Suite Spagnola” includes typical Spanish music like the Habanera and the Pelota. The Jazz Rock Pop Suite includes three movements, especially the final Stomp is a great piece for encores.

If you are looking for interesting, modern pieces for your mandolin orchestra you should check the works by Claudio Mandonico.

I have compiled a playlist with all the videos of compositions by Mandonico for mandolin orchestra. And I have compiled playlists for each of the compositions to make it easier to listen to the music (I am trying to mve the best versions to the beginning of the playlist).

You can find videos of the following compositions:

  • Music for Play
  • Preludio e fuga
  • Improvviso
  • Jazz Pop Rock Suite
  • Ceciliana, variazioni su un tema di M. Roach
  • 5 Variazioni Sul tiperatatupeti
  • Suite Spagnola
  • Raveliana
  • Riflessi sull’acqua (Reflections on the water)
  • Calace Rag
  • Esortazione e danza
  • Invenzione a due (mandolin & mandola)

Playlist – Music for Play

Playlist – Suite Spagnuola

Playlist – Jazz Pop Rock Suite

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