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Dargason – From John Playford to Gustav Holst –…

I have recently started working on a new tune with my student – Dargason.

This tune goes back to John Playfords book about dancing – it just one line of music with instructions how to dance to the tune.

dargason-playford

On the abc notation website you can find this tune as well:

dargason-abc

This tune is related to the very popular tune Irish Washerwoman which has a very similar melody in the first part.

Dargason is a great example what you can do with a simple tune when you work with it creatively. Swedish composer Gustav Holst who is best known for his “Planets” suite has composed the St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra. The Finale from this suite is based on Dargason which is played over and over while the other instruments play chords, accompaniment or counterpoint – including the usage of another famous melody – Greensleeves. A fascinating piece which was invented by working creatively with this one-line melody from the 17th century.

As this composition belongs to the public domain ther are no restrictions for arrangements. I was happy to find the following version played by the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra:

San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra – Dargason

 

Playlist Dargason

Including versions for String Orchestra, lute, harp ensemple, maqrching band, percussion ensemble, recorder and more:

Sheet music

In the Petrucci Library you can find the original source “The Dancing Master” by John Playford in several editions:

John Playford – The Dancing Master:

You can find the St. Paul’s Suite in the original version for string orchestra and in an arrangement for 15 saxophones.

Gustav Holst – St. Paul’s Suite:

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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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Simon Mayor and the Mandolinquents – Great Mandolin Music…

Simon Mayor is maybe the most active mandolin player in the UK. He plays everything from classical music to bluegrass. Simon has also releases many instructional books and mandolin methods.

I have found the following video of the famous Minute Waltz some months ago, it was filmed during a Christmas concert. This video shows that Siman has a lot of humour, it is one of the funniest mandolin videos that I know:

Simon Mayor & The Mandolinquents ‘Minute Waltz’

Simon Mayor & the Mandolinquents live at New Greenham Arts. Band members Simon Mayor & Gerald Garcia attempt a serious rendition of Chopin’s Minute Waltz in the face of some seasonal silliness from Richard Collins.

The Mandolinquents play everything from hot swing and ragtime instrumentals from the mandolin orchestras of the 1930s: Irving Berlin, Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky to lively reels and beautiful traditional Irish airs to Chinese and Brazilian folk tunes. All this played with infectious fun, off-beat humour and stunning virtuosity on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar, with the occasional burst of song or fiddle.

Simon has just released a new CD.

I have compiled a large playlist with videos with Simon Mayor, including solo performances and performances with his band The Mandolinquents.

Ich habe eine umfangreiche Playliste erstellt mit Videos mit Simon Mayor, allein und zusammen mit seiner Gruppe The Mandolinquents. Viel Spass beim Ansehen!

Playlist Simon Mayor

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo-8C2pYZLO_Z2yjFA9vxTRC

Aditional Information

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London 2013 – Melange – World Music from the…

During our hilidays in London we have visited two free concerts in the National Portrait Gallery. The second concert was given by a group named Melange.

Melange was  founded by the cellist Shirley Smart.

She has spent many years in Israel and has become acquainted with the music of the East. Melange is playing a mix of World Music from different regions of the world, using instruments like the cello of Shirley Smart, the Arabian oud or the saxophone.

The concert in the National Portrait Gallery was given by a trio with cello, accordion and percussion. The program contained a mix of pieces from the Middle East and from Africa.

I have found some videos with the group Melange from London:

Lamma bada – Melange

Melange live at Hootananny

Melange is also playing the music of South America, including Argentinian tango and Brazilian choro. I have found the following video of a performance that includen Anselmo Netto playing the bandolim, they play a version of the Czardas by V. Monti in a more Brazilian style:

Anselmo Netto Quintet @ The Gallery Cafe : Czardas

Anselmo Netto Quintet perform live at the Gallery Cafe on 24th June 2011

Anselmo Netto ; Bandolim
Netto Pio : Guitar
Shirley Smart : Cello
Matheus Nova : Bass
Kleyton Macedo : Drums

Playlist Melange + Shirley Smart

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo9NKJ5ApHUrmNYip92AAAnr

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/shirlsmart/videos

Website Melange: http://www.melangecollective.com/

Melange (reverbnation): http://www.reverbnation.com/melangecollective