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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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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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The Italian Mandolin: Its Evolution, Nomenclature and Types –…

Alex Timmerman has compiled a poster with the most important Italian mandolin models. He has asked me to help to share this poster.

On this poster you can find mandolins that have been built between 1650 and 1927. You can follow the evolution of the different models, the models are arranged according to the years when a model was built.

I have split up the picture to give you an impression of the poster, you can download the complete picture in good quality from the website of Alex Timmerman.

 

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Vieni sul Mar – A Great Italian Folk Tune…

Some time ago I have compiled a playlist with my favorite versions of the Italian folk song Vieni sul mar. This song has been popular for a long time, there are historical recordings from the early 20th century, Oscar Aleman recorded a great Jazz version of this song, and Andre Rieu played this for thousands of listeners in an open air TV show.

This is a great folk song to play on the mandolin, mandolin with guitar or with a complete mandolin ensemble. The song was also very popular in the Netherlands as Twee ogen zo blauw. And this song is also very popular in Japan.

There is another song closely related to Vieni sul mar, in English it’s titled Two lovely black eyes. This song has a different first part, but uses the same chorus.

Playlist Vieni sul Mar / Twee ogen zo blauw / Two lovely black eyes

Sheet music “Vieni sul Mar”

Discussion

A discussion about the origin of this song in the Mandolin Cafe, including free sheet music for mandolin ensemble:

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