Tag: piano

choro

Danilo Brito (Bandolim) and André Mehmari (Piano) – Complete…

Danilo Brito is one of the best bandolim players in Brazil. He has performed together with Mike Marshall and other American mandolin players. Now I have found the following concert which he gave together with piano player André Mehmari. The program was composed of compositions by Ernesto Nazareth, Garoto or Zequinha de Abreu, and also some compositions by the two artists.

Its difficult to describe the music, it’s a mix of Brazilian Choro, classical music, with influences from Portuguese Fado musica and maybe also some influences from Jazz.

Playlist Danilo Brito (bandolim) and André Mehmari (piano)

Bandolim e piano se encontram no duo formado por Danilo Brito e André Mehmari, que pode ser definido como música pura, arte e emoção. Ambos compositores e com sólida carreira nacional e internacional formam o duo que combina suas peculiaridades e suas semelhanças, com uma sintonia única. No repertório, Amoroso de Garoto, Floraux de Nazereth e Branca de Zequinha de Abreu, além de composições dos dois artistas.

Enjoy this fantastic concert with Danilo Brito and André Mehmari!

Additional information

Watch Danilo Brito in a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR

Website Danilo Brito (port.)

Webiste Danilo Brito (engl.)

Presentation of Danilo Brito on Musica Extraordinária website

Merken

Merken

Merken

Uncategorized

Frédéric Chopin – The Master of the Nocturnes –…

Some time ago I have discovered a beautiful piece for piano in a web radio program. I was immediately fascinated by this music and found out that is was the Nocturne No. 21 by Frédéric Chopin.

I had to search for more videos of this piece, and so I discovered also the Nocturne No. 20 which is also very beautiful. The following playlist contains some beautiful recordings of the Nocturnes No. 20 and No. 21.

Playlist Chopin Nocturnes No. 20 / No. 21

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2C9D21D9FBE44B25

The pieces by Chopin have always been arranged for other instruments. The previous playlist does also contain an arrangement for violin and piano played by Itzhak Perlman, and another transcription for guitar.

The next playlist contains a selection of arrangements of pieces by Chopin for guitar:

Playlist Chopin – Bearbeitungen für Gitarre

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL46978EFF2479410C

In my third playlist I have collected some videos of pieces by Chopin played on mandolin, bandurria, bandolim, domra or balalaika.

Playlist Chopin – Mandolin, Bandurria, Balalaika, Domra

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo8yezmnwRW4YMsxoMTjXQKy

Additional Information

Chopin in the sound archive of the British Library

The complete works by Chopin in historical recordings can be found in the sound archive of the British Library:

http://sounds.bl.uk/Classical-music/Chopin

Link collection about Frédéric Chopin

https://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:chopin/

Arrangements of pieces by Chopin for mandolin at Devon Strings Workshop:

http://www.devonstrings.co.uk/music.html

Free sheet music by Frédéric Chopin at IMSLP:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Chopin,_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric

Shet music for the Sonata for piano No. 2 in B-Flat minor, Op.35 for an orchestra of Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra, tubular bells, triangel, cymbals):

http://www.musicaneo.com/de/sheetmusic/sm-941_sonate_fur_klavier_nr_2_in_b-moll_op_35.html#1833

Free sheet music for plucked strings ensemble:

http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=21130

Chopin for classical guitar at free-scores.com:

http://www.free-scores.com/search-uk.php?searchexact=Guitar+solo+%28standard+notation%29&search=chopin&operateur=AND&exact=&narrow=1

Uncategorized

Louis Moreau Gottschalk – The Banjo – On Piano,…

Louis Moreau Gottschalk was very  popular during the 19th century with his pieces for the piano. He was born in 1829 in New Orleans and died at the age of 40 in Rio de Janeiro.

In his pieces you can find influences from the music that he had heard in Louisiana,  from Spanish, Southamerican and Caribean music. Some years ago I have written about Le Bananier in my blog that I had at that time, a piece in which Gottschalk used music that he had heard in his childhood in Louisiana.

Today I want to present a piece inspired by banjo music that Gottschalk might have heard from a banjo player in America. The history of the banjo goes back to Africa from where the slaves brought simple instruments made from a gourd and a stick and some strings. So the first banjos were so called gourd banjos. It is possible that Gottschalk heard a guy play on his gourd abnjo and got the inspiration for his piece The Banjo.

Paul Ely Smith has tried to find out what was the sound that inspired Gottschalk for his piece. By some “backword engineering” he created a banjo version of this piece.

L. M. Gottschalk’s “The Banjo” on a banjo

For more information go to www.palouserivermusic.com. This is a performance by Paul Ely Smith on fretless gourd banjo of his “back-engineered” version of Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “The Banjo” (1854-55), originally for piano solo.

The Athens Guitar Trio has played a version of  The Banjo for three guitars:

The Banjo (Fantaisie Grotesque)

The Athens Guitar Trio

www.athensguitartrio.com
www.pricerubin.com
www.ckartists.info

There are many videos of this piece played by pianists. I have compiled some interesting versions in the following playlist.

Playlist The Banjo – Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Additional Information

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Moreau_Gottschalk

Sheet music  by Louis Moreau Gottschalk at IMSLP including The Banjo: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Gottschalk,_Louis_Moreau

More posts about the banjo in my blog: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=banjo

Uncategorized

Russian Rag – by Robert Linus Cobb – Interpolating…

The Russian Rag by Robert L. Cobb has been made popular in the Mandolin World by the recording made by Dave Apollon in the 30s. David Grisman has published the recordings by Dave Apollon in the 70s (The Man with the Mandolin). The transcription of the Russain Rag for mandolin has been published in the Mandolin World News at the same time.

Since then the Russian Rag is a favorite tune also for mandolin players, bluegrass bands, mandolin ensembles and even big mandolin orchestras. I have studied the Mandolin World News transcription and like to play the tune every now and then. So it was much fun to search through youtube to find many other versions of the Russian Rag.

Originally this ragtime was composed for the piano, and we still can listen to some early piano rolls with the Russian Rag:

Ampico Lexington – 88n – Russian Rag

The Modern Mandolin Quartet with Mike Marshall has played the Russian Rag, the mandolin orchestra of the Mandolin Symposion Orchester in 2009 has played it (sheet music for the orchestra version was available as free download…), the European Guitar & Mandolin Youth Orchestra conducted by Carlo Aonzo has played it,  and even mandolin ensembles in Japan enjoy playing this music.

This Russian version of the Russian Rag is played with Balalaika and Piano – especially interesting is the slower middle part (does anyone understand what they are singing?):

Russian Rag

This is one of  the versions from Japan:

トゥクトゥクスキップ – Russian Rag (ロシア民謡~Dave Apollon, Sam Bush)#

The following thread in the Mandolin Cafe gives some information and also a link to the Indiana University where a scan of the original version for piano is available as free download.

Mandolin Cafe: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?53213-Russian-Rag-for-quartet

Try here for the piano sheet music
http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/inha…&queryNumber=2

If that doesn’t work, go to http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/inharmony/welcome.do
then enter russian rag in the search box at the top.

Enjoy!!

Playlist Russian Rag – Robert L. Cobb

With versions for piano, mandolin solo, mandolin quartet, mandolin orchestra, banjo ensemble, banjo and washboard, bluegrass and, ragtime band – enjoy the Russian Rag by Robert Linus Cobb!

Addtional Information

Some links about Ragtime:

Tabs for the Russian Rag are available at:

Sheet music is available in the Petrucci Library:

Merken