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O mio babbino caro – Giacomo Puccini – Beautiful…

Some days ago a recording of O mio babbino caro played by Carlo Aonzo could be downloaded from Acoustic Oasis – a piece that I liked immediately very much. O mio babbino caro is an aria from Puccinis opera Gianni Schicci. It is a lovely melody, especially when it is played by mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra like in my first example.

KMC10concert O mio babbino caro

Next a recording of the version sung by famous Maria Callas:

Maria Callas, O Mio Babbino Caro

Now another version with mandolin and guitar, played by Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger – obviously the sound is taken from their CD and they play along on the street.

O’Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Loving Daddy)

Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger playing O’Mio Babbino Caro at Monterey Concorso Italiano (2009). Video by Anthony Mata.


Sheet music

You can find sheet music of this melody at:  http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/o-mio-babbino.html

Nigel Gatherer has another version of this: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab5/omio1.html

This aria, which translates as Oh, My Dear Daddy, is from Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicci, first staged in 1918. This arrangement is based upon Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo’s rendering of it on the CD Traversata (Acoustic Disc ACD-47, 2001). It is tremoloed throughout. I have also arranged a harmony for the piece, which can be accessed here.

Finally my own version of this beautiful melody:

Enjoy playing this lovely melody on your mandolin!

Great book with Italian melodies for mandolin (Amazon partner link)

Northern Italian & Ticino Region Folk Songs for Mandolin

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Renato Carosone – Tu Vuo’ Fa’ L’Americano – Piccolissima…

Renato Carosone was a famous Italian singer. The first song that I heard was Tu Vuo’ Fa’ L’Americano – a typical boogie woogie song of the 50s. In this song Raf Montrasio played a fantastic American style mandolin solo on a typical Italian bowlback mandolin.

Renato Carosone (3 January 1920 – 20 May 2001) was among the greatest figures of Italian music scene in the second half of the 20th century. He was also a modern performer of the so-called canzone napoletana, Naples’ song tradition. (Wikipedia)

Renato Carosone – Tu Vuo’ Fa’ L’Americano


Renato Carosone – Piccolissima Serenata

Recently I have watched some other videos with Renato Carosone, and I found this little Piccolissima Serenata which does also include a mandolin, this time it is a typical Italian mandolin melody.


Raf Montrasio does still play the mandolin, so here is a video recorded in 2009 during a guitar festival. Raf Montrasio plays a nice tune “La marcetta di papà” (Daddy’s little march), with an impressive glissando part. He is accompanied by Davide Facchini on the guitar.

Soave Guitar Festival 2009 – Raf Montrasio & Davide Facchini

Davide Facchini & Raf Montrasio
“La marcetta di papà” (Daddy’s little march)

Another video of the same tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G402SVtnAIU

Finally a typical jazz standard played by Raf Montrasio and Davide facchini:

How high the moon – Raf Montrasio & Davide Facchini

Additional Information

Official website Renato Carosone: http://www.renatocarosone.it/

Wikipedia about Renato Carosone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renato_Carosone

Duo Anita and Davide: www.anitadavideduo.com

Davide Facchini: www.myspace.com/davidefacchini

Myspace page of Raf Montrasio: www.myspace.com/rafmontrasio

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Mandolin and Harp – M. Cleofe Miotti (mandolin) and…

Lucia Bova is a harp player from Italy. She has published many videos of her performances in her youtube channel, including many pieces for harp and mandolin.

I was surprised to hear those pieces, and especially to learn, that one of the pieces has been composed by a teacher for composition at this conservatory, Andrea Marena.

Maria Cleofe Miotti, the mandolin player, is the principal teacher for the mandolin at the conservatory Niccolo Piccinni, which is one of the places where it is possible to study the mandolin. This information can be found on the homepage of the Italian Federazione Mandolinistica Italiana:

Maria Cleofe Miotti, cattedra principale di mandolino, e Mauro Squillante, docente di mandolino presso il Conservatorio “N. Piccinni” di Bari

She is also the director of the Mandolinisti Bolognesi and the Mandolinisti di Parma, two mandolin orchestras in the North of Italy.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020, Adagio (harp and mandolin)

M. Cleofe Miotti (mandolin) and Lucia Bova (harp) during their concert at Vatican Radio Studios in Rome. The concert has been recorded and will be broadcast on November 28th 2010 at 4 P.M. (Italian local Time). Miotti-Bova duo is performing a Sonata in G min, originally for flute and cembalo, known as BWV 1020 because erroneously ascribed to Johann Sebastian Bach, while probably was by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Both composers wrote for harp, C.P.E. Bach a Sonata for harp in G Major, while J.S. Bach probably composed Suite BWV 1006a for a Double Harp. In Baroque Era usually mandolin player performed music composed for flute or violin.

The following videos show the compositions by Andrea Marena, from the conservatory in Bari:

Andrea Marena, Sonatina I for mandolin and harp (harp and mandolin)

M. Cleofe Miotti (mandolin) and Lucia Bova (harp) during their concert at Vatican Radio Studios in Rome. The concert has been recorded and will be broadcast on November 28th 2010 at 4 P.M. (Italian local Time). Miotti-Bova duo is performing “Sonatina I (Berceuse antica and Rondeau)” composed for them by Andrea Marena. Marena composed six sonatinas dedicated to M. Cleofe Miotti and Lucia Bova.

Andrea Marena, Passacaglia (harp and mandolin)

Playliste “Mandolin and Harp”


  • Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in D Major
  • Andrea Marena, Sonatina 1 und Passacaglia
  • J. S. Bach, Sonate in G Minor BWV 1020
  • Petrassi, Secondo Serenata trio (mandolin, guitar and harp)
  • Hans Werner Henze, Carillon, Masque und Récitativ (mandolin, guitar and harp)
  • Krumpholz, Sonate Op. 8 Nr. 5
  • Gianluca Podio, La solitudine dell’elfo
  • Fabrizio de Rossi Re, Absurd Napoli Diary
  • Giovanni Sollima, Slaps, Guts, Caprice de chaconne (Prelude, G-Raga, Caprice de chaconne after Francesco Corbetta)

Additional information

Youtube channel of Lucia Bova:

Website Lucia Bova

Blog (Italian) of the Mandolinisti Bolognesi conducted by Maria Cleofe Miotti:

Homepage of the Mandolinisti Bolognesi:

Presentation of Maria Cleofe Miotti on the homepage of the Mandolinisti di Parma:

Homepage of the Conservatory Niccolo Picinni in Bari:

More videos with mandolin and harp can be found in the youtube channel of US American mandolin player Joe Brent:

Alison Stephens from England and Lauren Scott (Duo Mandala) do also play with mandolin and harp. They have recorded a CD titled Tapestry

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Beppe Gambetta – Flatpicking Guitar

Beppe Gambetta is one of the guitar players from Europe who does regularly play at the important events in the USA. He plays together with all the important musicians like Dan Crary or David Grisman.

In his hometown Genova in Italy Beppe Gambetta has organized an Acoustic Night for the last 9 years – Acoustic Night No. 10 will take place this year.

Some videos of the previous Acoustic Nights can be found in Beppe Gambettas youtube channel. This is one example – a version of Old Joe Clark:

Banjo Clark (Old Joe Clark) – 7th Acoustic Night

Beppe Gambetta Acoustic Night 7 in Genova, Italy (with Darrell Scott, lead vocal and Brad Davis)

The following video shows Beppe Gambetta with his excellent sounding guitar by Robert Taylor, singing and animating the audience to sing along:



A very nice video is the presentation of Beppes latest CD Rendez-Vous. On this CD Beppe Gambetta plays together with the friends and important musicians he played with during the 20 years of his carreer.

Beppe Gambetta New CD trailer: RENDEZ-VOUS

I have collected a nice mixture of more videos in my playlist. On some of the videos the excellent playing technique of Beppe can be observed. Beppe plays together with Ricardo Tesi on the accordion, gives an interview, tries out his new guitar with the Dixie Breakdown, plays the Slade Stomp, plays a duo with Dan Crary, Beppa sings and plays at the 30th anniversary concert of the Italian Bluegrass band Red Wine, and much more – enjoy Beppe Gambetta and his flatpicking guitar!

Playlist Beppe Gambetta


Additional information

Homepage: http://www.beppegambetta.com/

Official youtube channel Beppe Gambetta: http://www.youtube.com/user/crosspicker

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Podcast Number 22 Featuring Beppe Gambetta

This week Dan Miller shares an interview with Beppe Gambetta. Check out the links and a more at the Show Notes page!

Robert Taylor Guitars: http://www.rtaylorguitars.com/

The American Album – Beppe Gambetta (Amazon partnerlink):