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Riccardo Drigo – The Famous Serenade from the Opera…

I have recently discovered a new archive with digitized sheet music, the archive of the Dutch broadcasting corporation http://www.muziekschatten.nl/

In this archive I found the Serenade by Riccardo Drigo and I have searched for information about this composition and its composer.

I have not found a very detailed biography of Riccardo Drigo, but the article in the Wikipedia contains the most important facts.

The first video shows the arrangement of this Serenade for violin and piano by Leopold Auer, the music for this version can be found at the IMSLP (see below) or in the Internet Archive.

Drigo – Serenade – Leopold Auer

http://www.alexanderscherbakov.com Rare live concert recording of a Leopold Auer transcription for violin and piano of the Serenade by Drigo from the Opera “Les Millions de Harleqins”.

A historical recording from 1914 – the notes to this video contain the most importan facts about the biography of Riccardo Drigo:

Forentine Quartet – Drigo’s Serenade (1914)

Riccardo Drigo (composer)
Francis J. Lapitino (arranger)
performed by Florentine Quartet
Recorded February 25, 1914 (Camden, New Jersey)
Victor 17600

Howard Rattay: violin
Clement Barone: flute
Rosario Bourdon: cello
Francis J. Lapitino: harp

Riccardo Eugenio Drigo (1846 – 1930) was an Italian composer of ballet music and opera. He was also a conductor and a pianist. Drigo is noted for his long career as director of music of the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia and was considered to be one of the finest theatrical conductors in Europe.

In 1900, while working on the score for ballet, Les Millions d’Arlequin, Drigo took daily walks through the St. Petersburg Summer Garden and along the banks of the Neva River, all the while thinking of his native Italy. During one such daily walk, Drigo composed the ballet’s famous “Serenade”, which he set to the accompaniment of a solo mandolin. In 1919 Drigo was finally repatriated to his native Italy and he accepted the post of kapellmeister to the Garibaldi Theatre in Padua where he had begun his career many years before. In 1926 he composed the comic opera Flaffy Raffles for the Opera company of Padua’s Teatro Verdi, and in 1929 his last work was given, the opera Il garofano bianco (‘The White Carnation’) at the Garibaldi Theatre. He spent the remainder of his life conducting and composing masses and various songs, including a vocal version of the famous “Serenade” from Les millions d’Harlequin, which Beniamino Gigli made a world-wide hit.

Drigo – Serenade (Elman, violin) – with MP3 download

Drigo – Serenade
Micha Elman, violin; Wolfgang Rose, piano
Digitized by Patrick Wong
From RCA WDM 1328

This is a version of the Serenade played by a plucked instrument orchestra form Spain, the Serenade starts at ca.  5:30 after some other pieces.

Read more “Riccardo Drigo – The Famous Serenade from the Opera “Les Millions de Harleqins” – Mandolin Quartet”

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Giuseppe Silvestri – Serenade – Free Sheet Music for…

One of the interesting pieces for mandolin and guitar in the Biblioteca della chitarra e del mandolino is the Serenade by Giuseppe Silvestri.

I have found recordings of this tune at youtube and also a historical recording in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress.

The first recording is from the Mandolin Festival in Korea played by the Duo Zigiotti-Merlante:

만돌린 mandolin 제6회 국제한국만돌린페스티벌 08 Serenade d’autrefois

Duo Zigiotti / Merlante

The next recording is a version played on the accordion.

SERENATA di Silvestri.mp4

The playlist below contains more versions including versions with the sinnger Tito Schipa, played by the Attika mandolin orchestra from Greece, by Oleg Videnov with mandolin and piano and more recordings.

Enjoy the Serenade by Giuseppe Silvestri!


Addtional Information

Free sheet music for mandolin and guitar: http://www.justclassicalguitar.com/vpmusicmedia/biblioteca.php

Historical recording of the Serenata by Giuseppe Silvestri: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/5336

In der National Jukebox I have found another piece by Silvestri – Le Violette:

Historical recording of Le Violette by Giuseppe Silvestri: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/7603

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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

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The Athenian Mandolin Quartet – Historical Recordings

I have just found 4 youtube videos with historical recordings of the Athenian Mandolin Quartet, which is also known as the Alessios de Filippis Mandolin Quartet.

More recordings of this groups are available on Edision cylinders on the site of the cylinder conservation project and in the Library of Congress.

These are the recordings made by the Victor Company in 1916 and 1917:



PUBLIC DOMAIN – Estudiantina Waltz – Athenian Mandolin Quartet

Victor 10 inch record #17990-B, “Estudiantina Waltz”, played by the Athenian Mandolin Quartet (recorded February 25, 1916).

Played on a Columbia BI ‘Sterling’ Disc Graphophone, circa 1910.

PUBLIC DOMAIN – Spanish Rhapsody – Athenian Mandolin Quartet

The Spanish Rhapsody was composed by Simone Salvetti

Hawaii I’m Lonesome for You

Aloha Land

Additional Information

Recordings of the Athens Mandolin Quartet on Edison cylinders that are available on the site of the Cylinder Conservation Project – includes a Hungarian Serenade, Spanish Rhapsody, That dreamy dreamy Lullaby, A Walk in the Forrest:


Recordings of the Athenian Mandolin Quartet in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress – includes Spanish Rhapsody, Mo-Ana, Estudiantina Waltz and Cacliz March (Cadiz March?):


More posts about historical recordings: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=historical-recordings