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Silvio Ranieri – Souvenir de Varsovie

S. Ranieri – Souvenir de Varsovie

Silvio Ranieri is best known for his mandolin method in four parts, and for his recordings from the early 20th century.

But he is also a composer of some interesting pieces for the mandolin. His compositions are not played very often.

I have found a beautiful video of “Souvenir de Varsovie” played by the Japanese mandolin player Katsu Chikako (勝千賀子).

Sivio Ranieri (vintage postcard)

Playlist Silvio Ranieri

I have collected more videos of this composition by Sivio Ranieri in my playlist.

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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

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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