Category: composer


Davide Pancetti – Composer, Teacher, Mandolin Player

Davide Pancetti is a mandolin player, musicologist and composer from Modena in Italy. On his website you can find free sheet music and recordings of his compositions.

In his youtube channel you can find videos of his compositions, of important works by other composers and also tutorials for mandolin and guitar.

In the following video you can hear a live recording of Rêverie I by Davide Pancetti.

Rêverie No. 1 – Davide Pancetti

John Ryan’s Polka – Duet for two mandolins

In his latest video Davide Pancetti plays his Fantsia on “Howl’s Moving Castle”:

Davide Pancetti has also recorded a number of interesting compositions for the mandolin like the following mazurka “Fata Bruna” by Giuseppe Sgallari for mandolin and guitar.

The Japanese mandolin player Kozo Onishi has played the compositions by Davide Pancetti and has published his videos.

Playlist – Kozo Onishi plays Davide Pancetti

1:24 Serenata a Primavera 春のセレナータ

5:15 Mazurka マズルカ

9:50 Fantasia Napoletana ナポリ風幻想曲

17:45 La linea dei monti 山の稜線

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Frank Zappa – The Yellow Shark

On April 7, 2019 I was at a concert of the SWR Sinfonie Orchester in Freiburg. The program was composed of works by Frank Zappa. It began with three pieces from the Yellow Shark project. In 1992 Frank Zappa worked together with the Ensemble Moderne to produce a concert with his works played by a classical orchestra.

Concert of the SWR Sinfonieorchester – Frank Zappa Program April 2019

The mandolin player in Freiburg was Denise Wambsgans.

The world premiere of Yellow Shark took place at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on Sept. 17, 1992. The recording of this concert is now available at youtube.

The World premiere took place on Sept. 17, 1992

Video – The Yellow Shark 1992

The mandolin player in 1992 was Detlef Tewes. I have made some screenshots from the video showing Detlef Tewes with his mandolin and with Frank Zappa. Jürgen Ruck played guitar and banjo. This concert is really enjoyable and has some great moments, especially in the second part of the concert.

Additional information

Wikipedia about The Yellow Shark

Website Denise Wambsganß

Website Detlef Tewes


Stephen Lalor – Australian Mandolin Player and Composer for…

Stephen Lalor is a mandolin player and composer who lives in Australia. I have met Stephen during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2014 in Bruchsal.

Many of Stephen’s compositions are available as youtube videos. One of my favorite compositions – Kolo Kolo – is available in two different versions. The first recording is played by the Volatinsky Trio with Stephen Lalor playing the domra, together with violoncello and a hammered dulcimer. The second version is played by a more typical mandolin ensemble – the Ensemble Plektra. As many of Stephen’s compositions Kolo Kolo is based on folk dances from Eastern Europe.

Another piece that I liked very much is the Four String Swing, one of the few swinging composition for mandolins.

Stephen has composed for many different groups. You can find a composition for mandolin and harp (Ballade and Autostrada Waltz, played by Alison Stephens and Lauren Scott), and you can hear the Digeridoo as the typical Australian instrument in his Brisbane Suite.

Recently Stephen has been awarde a PhD for his compositions:

Stephen Lalor has recently been awarded a PhD (Composition) through the University of Sydney (May 2014). His folio of compositions for solo mandolin, solo guitar, mandola, string quartet and mixed ensemble (titled Ethnicities of Sound) were described as:

“sophisticated, compelling, cosmopolitan music compositions, which are beautifully rendered and replete with new sounds and virtuosic techniques that are deeply embodied by a musician-composer who is a specialist in the field of plucked instruments ….” (Dr Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick, Ireland)

I have compiled the following playlist with compositions by Stephan Lalor (focused on compositions for mandolin and other plucked instruments).

Playlist Stephen Lalor

List of compositions for the mandolin by Stephen Lalor

Additional information about Stephen Lalor


Konrad Wölki – Compositions and Arrangements for Mandolin Orchestra…

Konrad Wölki was one of the composers in Germany who made the move from the traditional mandolin orchestra (Mandolinenorchester) to the modern mandolin orchesra (Zupforchester). His first compositions were big ouvertures intended for large orchestras in the more traditional style, but later he started to look back into history and start compose in a style without the tremolo.

Konrad Wölki was the author of a mandolin method and studies for one or two mandolins.

I will add more information about Konrad Wölki later to this article.

The sheet music for all compositions is available at  Trekel Verlag.

About Konrad Wölki:

I have compiled all the youtube videos with works by Konrad Wölki that I have found so far.

Ouvertüre Nr. 1 in A-Dur

「序曲 イ長調」 Ouverture A Dure Wolki

Synthesized Version – Virtual Mandolin Orchestra

Ouvertüre Nr. 2. in Fis-Moll

序曲第二番 Ouvertüre Nr. 2

Shaddai Mandolinenensemble

Ouvertüre Nr. 3 in D-Dur

ヴィヴァ・マンドリーノ第14回定演「序曲第三番『ニ長調』」 Konrad Wölki

Viva Mandolino 14th Concert Part1
“Ouvertüre Nr. 3 (D-Dur)”
Composition: Konrad Wölki
Arrangement: Jun Akagi “赤城 淳”
Direcotor: Takeshi Katakura “片倉 武”

序曲第三番「ニ長調」Ouvertüre Nr.3 in D-dur : Konrad Wölki

Hamamatsu Mandolin Orchestra since 1971

Ouvertüre Nr. 4 in H-Moll, Op. 7

Obertura nº4 Op. 7 en Sim (Konrad Wölki) – OCPCA

Obertura nº4 Op. 7 en Sim / Oberture nº4 Op. 7 in B minor
Interpretado por O.C.P.C.A. (Orquesta de Cuerda Pulsada de los Conservatorios de Aragón)
Director: Jorge Casanova

Obertura nº4 Op.7 en Sim (Konrad Wölki) OCPCA

Concierto Teatro Bellas Artes TARAZONA: 05/05/2012


Mandoline Konzert Higashi 5.
Ab 13.30 Uhr, 23. August 1992 (Montag) (1992)
Zentral Community Center Great Hall Higashihiroshima

Konrad Wölki Komponisten “in B minor” Ouvertüre Nr. vier

Ouvertüre “Die Heimreise”, Op. 17

序曲 「ハイムライゼ」 Die Heimreise,Ouvertüre Konrad Helmut Wölki K.ヴェルキ

Hamamatsu Mandolin Orchestra since1971

Heimreise (partial)

Bundang Mandolin Orchestra
Heimreise partial
Conducted by MinSoon Park

Not recorded fully because of battery low )-:

Die Grosse Stunde, Ein festliches Stück, Op. 18

大いなる時代 Die Grosse Stunde

Hamamatsu Mandolin Orchestra

Suite Nr. 2, “Musik für schlichte Feierstunden” Op. 31

07 組曲2番Suite Nr 2 op 31

Abonnement Concert Mandoline Verein Gymnasium Meiji 22. 1981

00:00 _I: Mit innerer Beschwingtheit (うきうきした気分で)
01:42 _II: Freudig erregt (楽しく高揚して)
05:01 _III: Sehr gemessen (とても荘厳に)
07:48 _IV: Mit leichten Tanzschritten (軽やかなステップで)
10:05 V: Sehr gestrafft (すごく合理的に)

Europäische Suite, Op. 89

Konrad Wölki, Europäische Suite

Der Mandolinenclub “Ellerbek von 1911” e.V. spielt anlässlich seines 100-jährigen Jubiläums im Kieler Schloss: Konrad Wölki op. 89 Europäische Suite

Konrad Wölki – Flemish Pirate Song from European Suite op.89

Konrad Wölki, Flemish Pirate Song (Flämisches Seeräuberlied) from: Europäische Suite (European Suite), op. 89 played by the Mandolin Orchestra Ettlingen,, conducted by Boris Björn Bagger,

Konrad Wölki, Europäische Suite, op. 89 (excerpts)

Konrad Wölki, Europäische Suite (European Suite), op. 89 (excerpts) played by the Mandolin Orchestra Ettlingen,, conducted by Boris Björn

Konzert für Oboe und Orchester

Suite Appassionata

Chuo-Universität Musik Study Group Mandolinenclub: 熱情組曲 K ヴェルキ Suite Appassionata K.Wölki

2012年 第102回定期演奏会より

1. Leidenschaftlich bewegt
2. Schmerzlich(2’43″)
3. Still Vergnudt(8’30″)
4. Leidenschaftlich bewegt(10’38″)

En Bälg&En Stråke – Suite Appassionata

En Bälg&En stråke performs Suite Assassionata by Konrad Wölki
Musik på Forsviks bruk 2010
Per Boesen cello Kallis Bengtsson accordion

Arrangements by Konrad Wölki

Suite von G. F. Händel

Suite by Händel played by the Mandolin Orchestra Het CONSORT

The Suite by Georg Friedrich Händel performed here on YouTube by the Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT is a compilation of 4 pieces arranged for Mandolin Orchestra of Händel’s harpsichord music based on an earlier setting for mandolin orchestra by the German mandolin pioneer Konrad Wölki. All the movements show Händel’s remarkable polyphonic and wonderful melodic style.
Especially known, in solo instrumental as well as in orchestral versions, is the famous theme of the Sarabande to which Händel added two beautiful variations.

John Baston – Konzert für Flöte und Orchester

John Baston (1730) (Concerto N°2 in Do magg. per flauto soprano e orchestra a plettro)

“Arcangelo Corelli” Orchestra – Poncarale BS Italy – 18-04-1993
(Google Maps=45.461,10.172637)
John Baston (Konzert Nr.II (C-dur)
für Sopran-Blockflöte or Oboe or Akkordeon und Zupfinstrumente
Arrangiamento: Konrad Wölki
Flauto: Elena C.
Mandolino solo: Fabio B.
Art Direction: Lorenzo Bianchi

Santa Lucia


83. regelmäßige Konzerttätigkeit Mandolin Ensemble Anima Nagasaki
Santa Lucia (neapolitanische Volkslied, von Konrad Wölki angeordnet)

Serenata Napolitana – Fedele Rivelli

Mandolinata Mannheim 2009 – Serenata napolitana – Fedele Rivelli

Fedele Rivelli (unbek.)
Arr. K. Wölki

Playlist Konrad Wölki