Category: mandolin orchestra

history

The Oldest Mandolin Orchestras – Worldwide (Paul Ruppa)

Paul Ruppa has written the following article for the Mandolin Journal of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA). To make this article available for the mandolin community he asked me to publish it in my blog.


Using the internet three years ago, I began to build a list of the oldest active mandolin orchestras around the world.  Initially, because I did not know the best way to search for the relevant information, the results were not very good. Even asking friends outside the United States for the names of the oldest active orchestras in their homelands was not very successful. After several years of starts and stops in the research, the list included only about thirty names.

With some time on my hands in 2020, expanding the list of the world’s oldest mandolin orchestras seemed like a timely and important project. A motivating factor behind the project was the fact that my group, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra was a well-documented 120 years old. It seemed unlikely that a mandolin orchestra in the Dairy State could be the home of the oldest such ensemble in the world. Thanks to generous members of the internet’s mandolin community, we now know that there are at least a half dozen similar and older groups in Europe and many others with long histories.

The project took off on the “Mandolin World” Facebook page with a call for information about active mandolin ensembles that formed prior to 1971. There were a surprising number of responses. One of the best parts of the exercise was finding how much mandolin history has been made by devoted amateur, fretted-instrument players worldwide.

There were just 33 pre-1971 entries on the list when the project went online. In a few weeks, with the help of mandolin enthusiasts on the internet, 103 qualifying mandolin organizations were identified. In an attempt to make the list more readable, I set arbitrary milestones at 100, 50 and 30 years.

  • 36 orchestras were at least 100 years old, two in that group had a tradition going backas far as 135 years.
  • 53 in the next grouping were at least 50 years old and five began as early as 1922 (99 years ago)
  • 14 active mandolin orchestras that started operating before 1971 provided start dates between 30 and 49 years ago.
Current list of the oldest 100 year old mandolin orchestras

Mandolin orchestras from sixteen different countries were represented in the results of this project.

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concert

Chuo University Music Study Group Mandolin Club 121st Subscription…

The Chuo University Mandolin Club (CUMC) has given its 121 subscription concert on Dec. 25, 2021 as a streaming concert.

The mandolin orchestra was founded in 1939. From 1965 it was conducted by mandolinist and composer Seiichi Suzuki. The mandolin orchestra has played many premieres of compositions by Seiichi Suzuki and other Japanese composers. More information can find on the website of the CUMC.

Chuo University Music Study Group Mandolin Club 121st Subscription Concert Live Streaming.

[Chuo University Music Study Group Mandolin Club 121st Subscription Concert]
Saturday, December 25, 2021 Open 13: 30 / Start 14: 00

Venue: Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Center Muse Ark Hall (10 minutes walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line “Aviation Park” station)


You can use the following buttonbs to jump to the individual pieces of the concert.


Nieves – Romanza e Bolero / Giacinto Lavitrano

Giacinto Lavitrano – Nieves – Romanza e Bolero


Quiete Notturna – Primo Silvestri Op. 34

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concert

Bundesjugendzupforchester Germany 2021

The German Bundesjugendzupforchester – The Youth Mandolin Orchestra of Germany – had it’s third meeting in August 2021. The Bundesjugenzupforchester was founded in 2019 by three young mandolin players from Germany: Laura Engelmann, Charlotte Kaiser und Clara Weise

The orchestra is composed of the best young mandolin, mandola and guitar players in Germany. The orchestra is conduced by Lisa Hummel. After several days of hard work the orchestra played two concerts, the second concert was also streamed live at youtube and is available as a video on the youtube channel of the Bundesjugendzupforchester:

In the youtube channel you can as well find videos of the performances of the first two years.

The Program – Das Konzertprogramm 2021

The program of this year was dedicated to female composers, with the exception of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto. I have taken some screenshots from the performance video to illustrate my post.

Maria Anna Martinez (1744 – 1812)
Continuo: Sophie Schlaubitz
Sinfonie in C-Dur
1.      Allegro con spirito
2.      Andante ma non troppo
3.      Allegro spirituoso

Freya Arde (* 1988)
Restlessness

Daigo Marumoto (* 1979)
Mandolin Concerto
Solistin: Kerstin Draken (Sonderpreis Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert 2021)

Kerstin Draken was awarded a special prize – the invitation to the Bundesjugendzupforchester and the performance of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto – for the best performance at the 2021 competition Jugend musiziert.

Clara Schumann (1819 – 1886)
Bearbeitung: Lisa Hummel
Drei Fugen über Themen von J. S. Bach
1.      Fuge Es – Dur
2.      Fuge E – Dur
3.      Fuge g – Moll

Miwa Naito (* 1964)
Okinawa – Suite
Tagelied Matsuri
Lullaby for Momo

Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875)
Bearbeitung: Christopher Grafschmidt
Symphonie Nr. 1 op. 32
Andante sostenuto – Allegro

historical recordings

Sivio Ranieri – Historical Mandolin Recordings

Recently Ralf Leenen and Alex Timmermann have added some interesting youtube videos about the life and music of Silvio Ranieri.

Silvio Ranieri – Historical Postcard (ca. 1932)

Ralf Leenen plays a historical record played by Silvio Ranieris mandolin orchestra on an original grammophone from the 1920s.

In a Chinese Teple Garden, by Ketelbey and En Badinant by Ambrosio

In a second video Ralf Leenen talks about the mandolin method by S. Ranieri and his connections with Ranieri.

The 3rd video you can hear a solo recording by Ranieri of The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens with piano accompaniment. In this video Ralf Leenen also analyses the playing of Ranieri which is very interesting.

Alex Timmermann has also added a youtube video about Silvio Ranieri including historical recordings of Sérenade badine by J. Gabriel.Marie, Arlequinade by Louis Ganne, Intermezzo from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ by Pietro Mascagni.

A sound video of a recording on a 78 RPM disk made in 1905 with music for Mandolin and Piano by Jean Gabriel-Marie and Louis Ganne performed by the Italian Mandolin virtuoso Silvio Ranieri, as well as a 78 RPM recording of Pietro Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ played by The Belgian Mandolin Orchestra (the Mandolin section of the ‘Grande Harmonie Royale Bruxelles) conducted by Silvio Ranieri (Rome, 1882 – 1956, Bruxelles).

Additional Information

IMSLP sheet music for En Badinant by Ambrosio

IMSLP sheet music In a Chinese Temple Garden by Ketelbey

IMSLP sheet music Le Carneval des Animaux by C. Saint-Saens

Sheet music for Sérenade badine by J. Gabriel-Marie (for clarinet)

Youtube channel Ralf Leenen

Backside of postcard with signature by Silvio Ranieri