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GEN – Symphonic Mandolin Orchestra Music from Japan –…

Some days ago I have found a set of videos of an orchestra in Japan named “GEM”. The videos were made from the first concert of this big orchestra. The programs are composed of symphonic music by classical composers

This mandolin orchestra’s name is “GEN”. Karuizawa Ohga Hall (cont)

Here a selection of the most interesting videos:

Edvard Grieg, Aus Holbergs Zeit op. 40, Prelude

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphonie Nr. 6, Pastorale

Second part:

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski, The Nutcracker op. 71 – Tanz der Zuckerfee

This is one movement from Tschaikowskis Nutcracker suite – the other movement were played as well and can be found at youtube too:

A Londonderry Air

Antonin Dvorak, Sinfonie Nr.9 “Aus der Neuen Welt” 2. Satz

Second part:


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The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra – Brighton

Today I have found the following Online ad of the Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra – as this does contain all the imprtant information about this orchestra I have just copied the complete text including the links to the videos of the Orchestra.

The original text with some photos of the group  can be found here (link no more available).

The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra – Brighton

We’re an established plucked orchestra that’s been in Brighton for about 15 years and we’ve won national competitions many times, in this country.
We’re approx 25 to 30 strong, but that ain’t enough (there are plucked orchestras, in Japan, about 100 strong!).
We have mandolins, mandolas, guitars and mandobass players.
We work like a regular orchestra, with sections of 1st and 2nd mandolins (1st and 2nd violins), mandolas (violas), mandocellos (cellos), and mandobass (double bass).
It’s also a lot of fun, as testifies by our being together for the last 15 years!
We play plenty of contemporary modern compositions, from around the world, as well as classical and traditional pieces.
We perform about 6 to 8 concerts a year and rehearse every Tuesday at 7.30pm, at St George’s Church, in Kemptown.
Come and check us out, at our rehearsals, if you want to.
(link no more available)
If you want to see more of our concerts, please also check out these other videos of us.
A Rock driven piece:
A Circus themed piece:
A Greek themed piece:
A modern Australian composition:
with musical saw:
De Beers diamond advert tune:
An old music hall number:
Vivaldi concerto

Karl Jenkins’ Song of the Spirit performed by The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra

Karl Jenkins’ ‘Song of the Spirit performed by The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra, based in Brighton, UK, at their Brighton Festival concert on 11th May 2010; led by Ian Harris.
Performed at St George’s Church, Kemptown, Brighton
Facebook Fretful Federation Link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid…




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O mio babbino caro – Giacomo Puccini – Beautiful…

Some days ago a recording of O mio babbino caro played by Carlo Aonzo could be downloaded from Acoustic Oasis – a piece that I liked immediately very much. O mio babbino caro is an aria from Puccinis opera Gianni Schicci. It is a lovely melody, especially when it is played by mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra like in my first example.

KMC10concert O mio babbino caro

Next a recording of the version sung by famous Maria Callas:

Maria Callas, O Mio Babbino Caro

Now another version with mandolin and guitar, played by Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger – obviously the sound is taken from their CD and they play along on the street.

O’Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Loving Daddy)

Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger playing O’Mio Babbino Caro at Monterey Concorso Italiano (2009). Video by Anthony Mata.


Sheet music

You can find sheet music of this melody at:  http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/o-mio-babbino.html

Nigel Gatherer has another version of this: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab5/omio1.html

This aria, which translates as Oh, My Dear Daddy, is from Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicci, first staged in 1918. This arrangement is based upon Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo’s rendering of it on the CD Traversata (Acoustic Disc ACD-47, 2001). It is tremoloed throughout. I have also arranged a harmony for the piece, which can be accessed here.

Finally my own version of this beautiful melody:

Enjoy playing this lovely melody on your mandolin!

Great book with Italian melodies for mandolin (Amazon partner link)

Northern Italian & Ticino Region Folk Songs for Mandolin

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The Grupo Ayate – Joyfull Plucked Strings from the…

During the last days I have watched many videos with music of the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria or Tenerife. On the Canary Islands they have a tradition of mixed ensembles with plucked instruments – guitar, bandurria, laud and the typical instrument named timple. In most cases the ensemble is used to accompany one or more singers, and not for pure instrumental music like it is typical for the German mandolin orchestras.

Very often the music is joyfull, the players and the audience enjoy the music very much. Some of the pieces reminded me to the music that is played in Venezuela that is based on the same tradition as this music on the Canary Islands.

Have fun with the Grupo Ayate!

El burro de orejas largas grupo ayate

villancico en directo del grupo ayate en navidad fue uno de los programas mas visto en canarias diciembre 09

Polkas.parranda el peral

polkas de la escuela de folklore de los paperos y grupo ayate actuacion en directo cantan varios


There is one video in the youtube channel of the Grupo Ayate of a piece for the 5-string timple of the Canary Islands and guitar. I have already watched many videos with music played by a timple and I have planned to write one of my next post especially about the timple of the Canary Islands.


actuacion de abraham ramos y gamaliel alonso

Additional information

youtube channel of the Grupo Ayate

Information about the instruments of Gran Canaria

Atlas of plucked Instruments with some information about the timple and other Spanish instruments: