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Georg Philipp Telemann – Partita II in G Major…

Some days ago I have made a new video with one movement from the Partita II in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann.

I have played this Partita for many years now, and every now and then I have liked to play the movements from this Partita on the mandolin. The key of G major is very well suited for the mandolin and the pieces are easy to play and do sound great.

This Partita is the second one from a set of 6 Partitas for violin, flute or oboe and B. C. (cello and piano or harpsichord) But the melodies are so beautiful, that it is possible to play the music also as a solo piece on the mandolin. A version for mandolin and guitar would be even better.

The complete sheet music for the 6 Partitas is available at the IMSLP site (see below). I have not tried out the other partitas yet, but I am sure that one or another would also sound great on the mandolin – just try it out!

This is my recording of the last movement Aria 6 – of the Partita II in G major

Telemann – Aria 6 for Mandolin Solo

The movements of the Partita are:

  • Siziliano
  • Aria 1 – Allegro
  • Aria 2 – Allegro
  • Aria 3 – Vivace
  • Aria 4 – Afettuoso
  • Aria 5 – Presto
  • Aria 6 – Tempo di Minuetto

I have found several videos of this Partita II in G major with recorder or flute at youtube and collected the videos in the following playlist. I have also added some movements from the other Partitas:

Additional information

Free sheet music of the 6 Partitas  Kleine Kammermusik (6 Partitas) (Telemann, Georg Philipp),_Georg_Philipp%29

Other free sheet music by Telemann on the IMSLP site:,_Georg_Philipp


Jongara – Hiro Fujikake / Yasuo Kuwahara

Some days ago I have found (by a tweet from twitter) the following video of a Japanese mandolin orchestra:


(translation of the information from the video): guitars mandolin club. Omura, held at City Hall in May, has played up the 54th Music Festival Union High School in Nagasaki Prefecture. Was cut in half the time because it was 10 minutes. The latter half believes that in some circumstances.

In the meantime this video is no longer available.

With the help of google translation I found that this piece is titled Jongara, and so I have found another (and this time complete) version of Jongara, this time conducted by the composer Hiro Fujikake and played by the Japan Mandolin Union Orchestra and Hiro Fujikakes solo-orchestra (Hiro Fujikake plays several synthesizers):

JONGARA for Mandolin Orchestra : Hiro Fujikake

Concert live at Tokyo.
Hiro Fujikake composed and conducted Japan Mandolin Union Orchestra with Solo Orchestra.

I have found another version:

じょんがら抄 JONGARA-Syo

LEVANTE Mandolin Orchestra 6th Concert in Morioka, JAPAN. 20th March 2011

Here is another version of Jongara by the Orkestra Mandolina Ljubljana.

JONGARA – Hiro Fujikake – Orkester Mandolina Ljubljana – dirigent Andrej Zupan

Yasuo Kuwahara

There is another piece with the same titel Jongara for Solo-Mandolin, composed by Yasuo Kuwahara. Travis Finch – a student of Alison Stephens at the Trinity College of Music has recently played this piece during his final recital.

Yasuo Kuwahara-Jongara

Sahir Guerrero – Jongara Yasuo Kuwahara

John Adams – Gnarly Buttons – With Guitar, Mandolin,…

John Adams is one of the most important composers in the USA today. On the CBC concert on demand site I discovered a new string quartet that has been played in a concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet

I have seen several works by John Adams, and liked all of it. Some years ago I saw a great performance of his  stage work I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, and I do also like listening to the CD of this work.  I have also seen the opera Nixon in China.

Recently I have read the biographical book Hallelujah Junction – a book that is very interesting if you want to learn about how a contemporary composer works and lives.

The first piece by John Adams that I have heard is a piece named Gnarly Buttons, a piece for solo clarinet and an ensemble that includes a player who has to play banjo, mandolin and guitar.

And in the second movement you can hear a sampled cow (ca.3:50 min. after he beginning).

I had found a very good performance of this piece by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Jonathan Nott, with Andre Trouttet on the clarinet – however those videos have been removed.

The third movement of Gnarly Buttons is my favorite! Great music!!!

Additional information John Adams

Website of John Adams:

John Adams about Gnarly Buttons:

Wikipedia: Gnarly Buttons

Videos of Gnarly Buttons

The following videos with movements of Gnarly Buttons are available at the moment:

Playlist – John Adams Gnarly Buttons

Recordings of Gnarly Buttons by John Adams

A free and complete recording of Gnarly Buttons with Sean Osborn (clarinet) is available at the following page:

John Adams: ‘Grand’ And ‘Gnarly’ In Concert

A very interesting radio feature with parts from the 60th birthday concert for John Adams with several pieces including the 2nd and 3rd movement of Gnarly Buttons is available from NPR. John Adams talks about the pieces.

China Gates

Gnarly Buttons

  • Hoe-Down (Mad Cow)
  • Put Your Loving Arms Around Me

Grand Pianola Music

  • Part 1A
  • Part 1B
  • On the Great Divide

CDs with compositions by John Adams – Amazon partnerlink: