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Salvatore Leonardi “Souvenir de Sicile” & “Angels and Daemons”…

Today I want to present videos with two pieces by Salvator Léonardi (or Salvatore Leonardi). According to Philip J. Bone, The Guitar and Mandolin, Schott 1972, Salvatore Leonardi was born at Catania (Sicily). Bone continues:

He was taught the mandolin and guitar by an uncle living in Naples and studied the violin in Naple Conservatoire of Music. Havin won several awards as solo mandolinist in International contests in Florence, Rome and other cities, he toured extensively, became a versatile linguist, and settled for a time as a teacher in Egypt, Malta, then London, and finally at the commencement of the twentieth century made his permanent abode in Rue d’Amsterdam, Paris.

He was a teacher of high repute in the city, and in universal request as an adjudicator at important music concours, ….

He composed several solos for the mandolin of exceptional merit and also superior orchestrations for mandolin band; the principal are:  Souvenir de Catane, Souvenir de Naples, Souvenir de Sicile und Angels and Daemons, all published in Paris.

According to Paul Sparks (The Classical Mandolin) Leonardi died in 1938, which means that the copyright for his compositions has expired in 2009.

Marijke und Michiel Wiesenekker have made a video of Souvenir de Sicile for mandolin and guitar:

Salvatore Leonardi “Souvenir di Sicilia”

Mazurka Variata

Marijke (mandolin) & Michiel (guitar) play live in Holland (Bodegraven). A piece by Salvatore Leonardi “Souvenir di Sicilia”

Natalia Alencova played Angeli e Demoni in a concert last year:

Angeli e Demoni, Salvatore Leonardi

Fantasia caratteristica per Mandolino solo

Natalia Alencova, Konzert in Aschersleben 2010

Paul Sparks writes about this piece in his book “The Classical Mandolin”:

“Angeli e demino” is a graphic (though not particularly serious) musical depiction of the battle between good and evil.

Salvator Léonardi has published his Method for Mandolin or Banjolin in 1921 in Paris. You can find a presentation of this method on my homepage, including some interesting notes about playing jazz:

Playlist Salvator Léonardi

I have made the following playlist with the youtube videos with the two pieces by Salvator Léonardi. It includes videos with the Japanese mandolin player Kozo Onishi, with Takashi Tomonari (mandolin) and Miyagawa Hisashi (guitar) from Japan and with Abraham Leibovitz from Israel.

The playlist begins with a video of Souvenir de Sicile played by Yahui Chen and Yunchang Dong on the Chinese mandolin liuquin and guitar:

Additional Information

Homepage Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker: http://www.wiesenekker.com/

Homepage Natalja Alencova: http://www.mandoline-alencova.eu/

The mandolin method by S. Léonardi is now availableon my musicaneo site:


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Mandolin & Piano: The Duo “Esposito-Ameglio” – Calace, Barbella,…

The Duo “Esposito-Ameglio” has made available some videos from a concert given  Jan. 29th 2011 in Gennaio.

The program included works by Raffaele Calace for mandolin and piano, a beautifull Ave Maria by Caccini and the Concerto for Mandolin by Emanuele Barbella.

Paola Esposito

Born in Savona in 1978. She brilliantly concluded her mandolin studies in 2003 at the conservatory of Padova under the supervision of Maestro Ugo Orlandi, becoming one of only two qualified mandolin players in all of Liguria.

She plays a “Pandini” mandolin (Ferrara 1998), and a “Calace” mandolin (Napoli 2006).

Together with Giorgio Ameglio on the piano she has founded the Duo Esposito-Ameglio to play the original music composed for mandolin and piano as well as selected transcriptions for mandolin and piano.

More videos from concerts given in 2009 can be found in the youtube channel of Paola Esposito. It is also possible to download several mp3 files with recordings from the homepage of the duo.

There are several concerts planned for this year 2011, including a concert in Wolfsburg in Germany on March 22.

Caccini – Ave Maria

Playlist Duo Esposito -Ameglio

Additional information

Homepage: http://www.duoespositoameglio.com/

mp3 downloads: http://www.duoespositoameglio.com/download/mp3/

youtube channel Paola Esposito: http://www.youtube.com/user/paolamandolino

youtube channel Duo Esposito Ameglio: http://www.youtube.com/user/DuoEspositoAmeglio

More blog posts about Italy: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=italy

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The Duo TnT – Steffen Trekel and Michael Tröster…

The Duo Steffen Trekel (mandolin) and Michael Tröster (guitar) ist definitivly one of the most importand duos for mandolin and guitar in Germany and all over the world.

When they travelled to Japan and Korea in 2009 a set of videos has been recorded showing the most importand pieces the duo plays. This includes several compositions that have been composed for the duo.

Enjoy the duo TnT – Steffen Trekel – mandolin – and Michael Tröster – guitar.

Playlist Duo Trekel-Tröster

Additional information

youtube channel DuoTnT04: http://www.youtube.com/user/DuoTnT04

Homepage Steffen Trekel: http://www.steffen-trekel.de

Homepage Michael Tröster: http://www.michael-troester.de/

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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