Tag: violin


Zigeunerweisen – Two great Mandolin Videos from Japan

Capriccio Zingaresco ジプシー風綺想曲 Ryo Aoyama  Mandolin マンドリン

The Capriccio Zingaresco by Enrico Marucelli is beeing played by the young Japanese mandolin player Ryo Aoyama.

Zigeunerweisen / Izumi Toru (Mandolin) , Fujii Yumi (pf)

Playlist Zigeunerweisen

I have compiled many versions of this famous piece, played by the mandolin players Izumi Toru and Onishi Kozo, by the mandolin orchestras from Madeira and  Beer Sheva (Israel), …


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Free sheet music by Pablo de Sarasate at IMSLP:


The Sabionari Guitar and the Tuscan Violin – Two…

The instruments built by Antionio Stradivari are world famous. Most of those instruments are found today in museums or collections, others are played by some of the best musicians today.

Today I would like to present two of Stradivaris instruments – the Sabionari guitar and the Tuscan violin.

The Sabionari Guitar

The guitar name Sabionari guitar has been restored in 2011 and is now in a playable condition. It has been brought back to Cremona where is has been built centuries ago. The Stradivari Foundation will show this instrument and organize concerts where the guitar can be heard.

The Sabionari Guitar will be entrusted to the Stradivari Foundation in Cremona. The Foundation through the network Friends of Stradivari will let the world know this precious guitar and its sound. Friends of Stradivari will organize expositions and auditions in the Stradivari Museum in Cremona and in Europe.

On the website http://www.sabionari.com you can find interesting information about the instrument and its history, including a beautiful album with pictures of the restored guitar:


The Tuscan Stradivari Violin

In the Internet Archiv I have found a scan of a littel booklet about the Tuscan Strad which has been published in 1889 in London:


In the booklet you can find information about the history of this violin which has been built by Stradivari in 1690.

It does also contain the following three beautiful paintings of the Tuscan Strad:




Today this instrument is in the posession of the Museo di Strumenti Musicali dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome:


In the collection of this museum you can also find 12 beautiful mandolns – just use the search function and search for “mandolino”. For each of the instruments you will find pictures which can be zoomed in to show the details of the instruments.

see also: http://mandoisland.tumblr.com/post/26487683978/some-great-historical-violins-by-stradivari-amati

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Riccardo Drigo – The Famous Serenade from the Opera…

I have recently discovered a new archive with digitized sheet music, the archive of the Dutch broadcasting corporation http://www.muziekschatten.nl/

In this archive I found the Serenade by Riccardo Drigo and I have searched for information about this composition and its composer.

I have not found a very detailed biography of Riccardo Drigo, but the article in the Wikipedia contains the most important facts.

The first video shows the arrangement of this Serenade for violin and piano by Leopold Auer, the music for this version can be found at the IMSLP (see below) or in the Internet Archive.

Drigo – Serenade – Leopold Auer

http://www.alexanderscherbakov.com Rare live concert recording of a Leopold Auer transcription for violin and piano of the Serenade by Drigo from the Opera “Les Millions de Harleqins”.

A historical recording from 1914 – the notes to this video contain the most importan facts about the biography of Riccardo Drigo:

Forentine Quartet – Drigo’s Serenade (1914)

Riccardo Drigo (composer)
Francis J. Lapitino (arranger)
performed by Florentine Quartet
Recorded February 25, 1914 (Camden, New Jersey)
Victor 17600

Howard Rattay: violin
Clement Barone: flute
Rosario Bourdon: cello
Francis J. Lapitino: harp

Riccardo Eugenio Drigo (1846 – 1930) was an Italian composer of ballet music and opera. He was also a conductor and a pianist. Drigo is noted for his long career as director of music of the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia and was considered to be one of the finest theatrical conductors in Europe.

In 1900, while working on the score for ballet, Les Millions d’Arlequin, Drigo took daily walks through the St. Petersburg Summer Garden and along the banks of the Neva River, all the while thinking of his native Italy. During one such daily walk, Drigo composed the ballet’s famous “Serenade”, which he set to the accompaniment of a solo mandolin. In 1919 Drigo was finally repatriated to his native Italy and he accepted the post of kapellmeister to the Garibaldi Theatre in Padua where he had begun his career many years before. In 1926 he composed the comic opera Flaffy Raffles for the Opera company of Padua’s Teatro Verdi, and in 1929 his last work was given, the opera Il garofano bianco (‘The White Carnation’) at the Garibaldi Theatre. He spent the remainder of his life conducting and composing masses and various songs, including a vocal version of the famous “Serenade” from Les millions d’Harlequin, which Beniamino Gigli made a world-wide hit.

Drigo – Serenade (Elman, violin) – with MP3 download

Drigo – Serenade
Micha Elman, violin; Wolfgang Rose, piano
Digitized by Patrick Wong
From RCA WDM 1328

This is a version of the Serenade played by a plucked instrument orchestra form Spain, the Serenade starts at ca.  5:30 after some other pieces.

Read more “Riccardo Drigo – The Famous Serenade from the Opera “Les Millions de Harleqins” – Mandolin Quartet”

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Giulio Menichelli, Damiano Mercuri & Luca Mereu – Traditional…

I was surprised to find a set of ca. 20 video clips from a concert in Monterosi – a place close to Rome – from a concert with traditional Roman and Neapolitan songs played with mandolin, violin and guitar.

 I had found a note about a concert for mandolin and guitar in Rome with  Damiano Mercuri (guitar) & Luca Mereu (mandolin). A search at youtube led me to the youtube channel  Artedelsuonare61 .

First I found several videos with the duo with Damiano Mercuri (guitar) & Luca Mereu (mandolni) – for instance this great performance of the famous  Valzer Fantastico by Enrico Marucelli (1877 – 1907):

Damiano Mercuri e Luca Mereu eseguono Valzer

Valzer Fantastico von Enrico Marucelli; Concerto del 28-10-2010 presso l’Auditorium di piazza Adriana organizzato dall’Associazione “Arte del suonare”

Then I found the set of videos from a concert of the trio composed of  Giulio Menichelli (Violine), Damiano Mercuri & Luca Mereu from the White Night (Notte Bianca) on July 22nd 2011 in Monterosi. The program was composed of typical and famous Roman and Neapolitan songs for mandolin, violin and guitar:

Programma: I classici della canzone Romana e Napoletana

The sound quality of the recordings is not the best, you can hear announcements and the noise from the audience. But you can also hear that the people could sing along with the music for many of the songs. The arrangements of those songs for mandolin, violin and guitar was very well suited for this event, and the audience applauded strongly for many of the songs.

Many of the pieces are well known over the world like O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicula or The Godfather Theme by Ennio Morricone – other tunes are mainly popular in Italy.

A very interesting set of videos for the lovers of typical Italian music.


  • (Il pubblico è con noi) “Tanto pe’ cantà”
  • Tarantella napoletana
  • Silvestri “Nannì”
  • Petrolini “Tanto pe’ cantà”
  • Morricone “Il Padrino”
  • Mario “Tamurriata nera”
  • Gambardella “O marenariello”
  • Gambardella “Come facette màmmeta”
  • Galdieris Barbieri “Munastero ‘e Santa Chiara”
  • Di Capua “Maria Marì”
  • Falvo “Dicitencello mio”
  • De Curtis “Voce ‘e notte”
  • Ruccione “Vecchia Roma”
  • Di Capua “O sole mio”
  • Denza “Funicolì Funicolà”
  • De Curtis “Malafemmina”
  • “Santa Lucia” di Cottrau
  • “O surdato innamorato” di Cannio

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Surdato_%27Nnamurato “‘O Surdato ‘Nnamurato” (in English: “The Soldier in Love”) is one of the most famous songs ever written in the Neapolitan language. The song is generally regarded as the anthem of S.S.C. Napoli.

  • “Reginella” di Bovio
  • “Pe’ lungo Tevere” di Romolo Balzani

Giulio Menichelli Damiano Mercuri Luca Mereu suonano Falvo “Dicitencello mio”

The Godfather Theme – in this video you can hear Luca Mereu with a very nice jazzy improvisation on the mandolin! One of the highlights of this concert for me!

Giulio Menichelli Damiano Mercuri Luca Mereu suonano Morricone “Il Padrino”

Notte bianca a Monterosi 23-7-2011
Programma: I classici della canzone Romana e Napoletana
Giulio Menichelli violino
Damiano Mercuri chitarra
Luca Mereu mandolino
Si ringrazia l’Assessore Andrea Bomarsi e il Maestro Leo San Felice per l’aiuto nel reperire gli spartiti

Youtube Playliste with all videos


Additional Information

youtube channel Artedelsuonare61

youtube channel with music from the 18th century played on a baroque mandolin by Luca Mereu: PizzicoEnsemble