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Music and Sheet Music for Christmas

In three weeks we will have Christnmas, everywhere the special Christmas fairs have opened, people are drinking “Glühwein”, and the snow has brought a nice Winter feeling. So I thought it’s time to present some videos with Christmas music.

This is an mandolin orchestra from Japan who plays the famous Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson:

そりすべり Mandolin Ensemble Sonatine

A nice bluegrass tune, from a Christmas CD:

While Shepherds Watched

Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, with Martha Groves Perry, Tim Cupps, Steve Kritzer and Marty Atkinson at the TrueWind Music Christmas House concert, Dec. 13, 2008.

This is our own “Yee Haw Hymnal” arrangement of While Shepherds Watched, from our 2004 Christmas CD, CD Starry, Starry Night.

Another great Christmas Bluegrass tune, played by Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. At the beginning of the video Bill Monroe gives us some information about the history of this song:

“Christmas Time’s A’Coming” by Bill Monroe

The next video might be very interesting for guitar players who are looking for sheet music for a Christmas program. Kevin Gallagher has produced a Christmas CD with classical guitar, and he has made three of the pieces available for free download – including videos of the tunes. You can get Silent Niht, The First Noel and Deck the Halls with Variations:

Free Music / Tab – “Deck the Halls with Variations” for classical guitar

from “A Classical Guitar Christmas” album – http://www.guitar69.com/christmasalbu…
The free music / tab for this piece is available at http://www.guitar69.com/noel.htm
I was asked for this arrangement from a few people last year, so I’ve finally gotten around to notating it. It’s from my “Classical Guitar at Christmas” album which I recorded in the great year of 1993.
This solo arrangement was originally conceived as a duet, so some of the parts are difficult to master. Feel free to adjust it, add to it, subtract from it, and make it your own. I’ll try to post a video lesson on this as well as “The First Noel” in the next few days.
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year to all.
Sincerely, Kevin Gallagher http://www.guitar69.com

For everyone who thinks already about the time after Christmas – Roland Dyens has composed a piece with the title After Christmas Feelings – and he has made a video of this interesting piece as well:

Roland Dyens plays After Christmas Feeling by R. Dyens

More Information

Guitar Tabs for Christmas tunes: http://freetabs.org/folklore.htm#Christmas

Many commented links for free Christmas sheet music, for guitar, mandolin, ensembles, recorders, …: http://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:weihnachten/t:noten

related article: ♬ ★ The Best Music for Christmas 2012

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New Videos by the Mandolinenclub Falkenstein, conducted by Natalia…

The mandolin orchestra Mandolinenclub Falkenstein was founded in 1925. In 1965 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary the orchestra organized fir the first time an international competition for mandolin orchestras. Other competitions were organized over the years. Currently the orchestra consists of ca. 20 members.

The orchestra was conducted by Keith Harris between 2001 and 2009. Recently Natalia Alencova, a mandolinist and domra player originally from Russia and now living in Germany has taken over the direction of this orchestra.

The orchestra played a concert in Berlin on October 18th, and has uploaded three interesting videos from this concert to its youtube channel.

Music for Play, 1.Satz, Mandolinen Club Falkenstein

Der Mandolinen Club Falkenstein spielt Music for Play,
1.Satz, von Claudio Mandonico. Dirigentin Natalia Alencova.
Konzert in Berlin am 18.10.2010

Libertango, Mandolinen Club Falkenstein

Der Mandolinen Club Falkenstein spielt Libertango von Astor Piazzolla. Arrangement und Dirigat: Natalia Alencova.
Konzert in Berlin am 18.10.2010

Scandia-Suite 4.Satz, Mandolinen Club Falkenstein

Der Mandolinen Club Falkenstein spielt Scandia-Suite von P.Walthers, 4.Satz. Dirigentin Natalia Alencova. Konzert in Berlin am 18.10.2010

On the homepage of the Mandolineclub Falkenstein you can find information about the history of this orchestra, notes about he CDs of the orchestra and information about the coming concerts.

Further informationen

youtube channel of the Mandolinenclub Falkenstein: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mandofalken

Homepage of the Mandolinenclub Falkenstein: http://www.mandolinenclub-falkenstein.de/

Homepage of mandolinist and domra player Natalia Alencova: http://www.mandoline-alencova.eu/

youtube channel of Natalia Alencova: http://www.youtube.com/user/RischiBYD

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The Marionette Mandolin Orchestra from Japan plays Compositions by…

The Marionette Mandolin Orchestra from Japan has recently added 10 videos to its youtube channel. The titles of those interesting pieces are difficult to get because they are only given in Japanese language. But I think that all the pieces are original compositions by Yuasa Takashi und Yoshida Goshi.

Yuasa Takashi and Yoshida Goshi have been playing together as the duo Marionette for many years – with portuguese guitar and liuto or guitar. The have played especially the Fado music from Portgal. They have recorded many CDs and travelled around the world with success.

In 2006  Yoshida has founded the Marionette Mandolin Orchestra:

In 2006 Yoshida produced the Marionette Mandolin Orchestra, a group made up of 100 musicians performing on a variety of instruments, including the mandolin. The group experiments with new styles of mandolin music.

On the homepage of Marionette you can find information about the duo as well as information about the orchestra. You can also find a list of compositions that are available for purchase.

The music by the Marionette Mandolin Orchestras sounds very nice, with influence from folk music – I can hear Spanish and Portuguese influences – but also with influences from pop music. I think that those pieces are interesting for other mandolin orchestras, especially for young players.

The Marionette Mandolin Orchestra is located in the city of  Takatsuki, Takatsuki is located just between Osaka and Kyoto.

Takatsuki (高槻市, Takatsuki-shi?) is a city located in Osaka, Japan.

As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 353,881 and the density of 3,360 persons per km². The total area is 105.31 km².

The city was founded on January 1, 1943 and is located almost directly between Kyoto and Osaka. Due to the convenience of being 13-15 minutes away from Kyoto and Osaka by train respectively, the city has developed exponentially during the last 20 years. It is a commuter town, with people commuting to both Kyoto and Osaka.

I had some problems to decide which pieces I should add as examples – I recommend to listen to all the 10 pieces if you have enough time!

Here are three examples:


Suite “Funabashi store”


Nishi Azuma – Halluzinationen – Xavier Wallfahrt


Mandoline Bar Night

Marionette – Yuasa Takashi und Yoshida Goshi

Videos with the duo Marionette – portuguese guitar and liuto or guitar

Guitarra Portuguesa/Coimbra コインブラ/Marionette


Guitarra Portuguesa/Longe ao Zipangu 南蛮渡来/Marionette


Further Informationen

Youtube channel of the Marionette Mandolin Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/user/Marionetteorchestra

Homepage Marionette (Yuasa Takashi and Yoshida Goshi): http://www.wix.com/marionette_japan/marionette

Japanese homepage of Marionette, google translation to English: http://translate.google.de/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.asahi-net.or.jp%2F~QN7Y-UMI%2F

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Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble – A young Mandolin Orchestra…

The Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble is a young Japanese mandolin ensemble. After only 5 years the orchestra has already reached a high standard.

The fifth regular concert of the  Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble was given on Oct. 2nd. The complete concert was streamed by ustream and has also been recorded. The videos of the concert are now available at ustream.

This orchestra plays with a lot of energy. The program was mainly composed of Japanese compositions of recent years and therefore is very interesting.

At the moment the 3rd piece of the concert was taken out from the video, it is planned to make it available as soon as the permission by the composer was given.

For me this concert was very interesting. It gives a great impression about new developements in the mandolin music in Japan of today.

The concert has been recorded completely including the intermission. You can skip the intermission of the second part and jump directly to the beginning of the second part – the time of the beginning of the pieces is given in the comment.


1. Sulla Piana della Melia, Ouverture per Estudiantina / Giuseppe Manente/arranged by Jiro Nakano
2. Prelude 2 / Hidenori Yoshimizu
3. Spirit of Planet – for mandolin orchestra / Daigo Marumoto (zur Zeit nicht verfügabr)
4. Ride!  / S.Hazo/arranged by GSME
5. Piano concerto No.1 “Anti-Ares” / V. Wakkmaninov/arranged by GSME
6. Fate of the Gods  / S. Reineke / arranged by GSME
7. Prima Ballata: Allegro capriccioso from “Ballata sinfonica” / Akira Ifukube
8. Arsnova Suite / Kenji Suehiro・Daigo Marumoto

Encore: Tong-poo / Ryuichi Sakamoto

Enjoy the 5th concert of the Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble!

(I had first embedded the ustream videos, but I had the impression that this did not work properly – the videos started loding and playing automatically although this was not wanted – so I have replaced the embedded videos by the links to the videos)

October 2, 2010 14:11

GSME 第五回定期演奏会(1/2)


Second Video


Second video begins with the 4th piece, 15 minutes intermission after the end of the first part of the concert

More Information about the Great Saiya Mandolin Ensemble

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/dinslef

Blog: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/gresai/

Homepage: http://gresai.web.fc2.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/GSME_bot

More posts about Japan: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=japan

Deutsche Version: http://www.gezupftes.de/?p=3207