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The Mandolin Orchestra of the Hiroshima Jogakuin University –…

The Mandolin Orchestra of the Hiroshima Jogakuin University in Japan has more than 50 videos in its video channel at youtube. The videos present recordings made during the concerts of the previous years.

This mandolin orchestra is organized by the university for the students like many other mandolin orchestras in Japan.

Hiroshima Jogakuin was founded in 1886 as a small Christian school for women by Rev. T. Sunamoto, in cooperation with Rev. J. W. and W. R. Lambuth, sent by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, U.S.A. The school motto, “CUM DEO LABORAMUS (We work with God) ” was given by its first principal Miss Nannie B. Gaines, sent also by MECS, U.S.A., who devoted 45 years of her life to the early development of HJ.

Besides their studies, students are able to have an active campus life by participating in club and circle activities. Particular attention is paid to music, where the choir, folk song, mandolin, rock music, string orchestra, and koto groups provide a colorful variety of activities. There are also sports clubs such as kyudo (Japanese archery), volleyball, lacrosse, aikido (art of weaponless self-defense), and dance. Sports clubs are very active and have succeeded in maintaining a high ranking in intercollegiate games. Many students take part seriously in volunteer work, a special characteristic of this university.

The orchestra plays a regular concert every year. The programs include a mix of classical music and original compositions for mandolin orchestra. Sometimes also typical european mandolin music like Vita Mandolinistica by the Dutch composer J. B. Kok is played.

The regular concert No. 24 is planned for Aug. 7th, 2011.

I have selected some interesting videos from this large set. Very interesting ist an arrangement of Libertango by Astor Pizzolla:

Libertango – Astor Piazzolla

The most viewed video in the list is this performance of parts from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The mandolin orchestra has added many additional instruments for this performance to produce a big sound.

Carmina Burana – Carl Orff

There are many more interesting pieces to discover. You can find the information about all the programs on the homepage – the google translation makes this very usefull. The programs contain direct links to the youtube videos – however they do not work properly because of the translation.

One example of a great piece composed by a Japanese composer is the Wind Dance Suite Nr. 2 by Takashi Kubota – a piece in the typical symphonical style that is popular in Japan – with a lot of emotions:

Wind Dance Suite Nr. 2 Kubota Takashi

To end with another highlight – the famous  Time to Say Goodbye in a great, bombastic version (maybe not for western listeners?):

Time to Say Goodby

Further Information

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/higaman739

Homepage / blog with information about the programs of the previous concerts (google translation to englisch):


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Mandolins in Greece – The Attika Plucked String Orchestra

Street of Dreams M. Hadjidakis, ATTIKA Plucked String Orchestra

Performed by ATTIKA Sextet at “Syn kai Plin” television music magazine


Mandolin: Aris Dimitriadis, Giannis Goumenakis
Mandola alto: Giorgos Goumenakis
Mandola tenore: Panayiotis Lampropoulos
Guitar: Michalis Sidiropoulos
Piano: Dimitris Giannis

Description of the Attika Plucked String Orchestra from  Homepage:

The Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Aris Dimitriadis, its Artistic Director. Since 1997 it operates under the hospices of the non-profit music association Erato.

Aris Dimitriadis has been working with Mandolin Orchestras for 20+ years. As a Mandolin soloist he has collaborated with many classical music groups and orchestras both in Greece and abroad. He created Attika to fill a quality gap in the contemporary Greek Mandolin scene by building on a long tradition of excellence and professionalism, which in the past made Greek orchestras renowned internationally.

Attika’s main objective is to expand the appeal of Mandolin music internationally. With a well-researched repertoire, Attika is following on the steps of the great Italian and French orchestras of this genre.

Bolero, R. Calace, ATTIKA Plucked String Orchestra

H. Purcell Round O in Re Minor, ATTIKA Plucked String Orchestra

More Information about the Attika Plucked String Orchestra

youtube channel of the Attika Plucked String Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/user/attikaorchestra

Homepage of the Attika Plucked String Orchestra: http://www.attikaorchestra.gr/

More posts about Greece: http://www.mandoisland.com/index.php?s=greece

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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