Author: Michael Reichenbach

Mandolin

Discover the Best Mandolin Music – 103 Diamonds

I am collecting my favorite mandolin videos in a “best of mandolin” playlist. In my playlists you can find all kind of mandolin music, from the Baroque mandolin and classical mandolin, to Bluegrass, Jazz and Folk, music for solo, duo, trio, quartett, ensemble or mandolin orchestra.

My playlist “Best Mandolin Music – 103 diamonds” is just complete:

Enjoy and discover some of the best mandolin music that I have found on youtube, and some of the best players of out favorite instrument!

The first videos in my playlist

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CD

Rossini: Overtures arranged for Mandolin Quintet

The Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda” has recorded an album with ouvertures by Rossini arranged for mandolin quintet.

  • Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda”
  • Emanuele Buzi mandolin
  • Norberto Gonçalves da Cruz mandolin
  • Valdimiro Buzi mandola
  • Andrea Pace guitar
  • Emiliano Piccolini contrabass

The complete first track, the ouverture from “L’Italiana in Algeri” can be seen in the following promotion video:

Screenshot from the website of the Quintetto a PLettro “Giuseppe Anedda”

The Rossini anniversary of 2018 presented an opportunity to shed new light on these familiar works, but in a form that the composer himself would have recognised. This long-established mandolin quintet took a mix of old and newly commissioned arrangements and toured them across Italy to great success before making the present recording. The quintet takes its name from the mandolin virtuoso Giuseppe Anedda (1912-97) who popularised the instrument throughout his native Italy with his own ensemble and established for it a place in classical concert halls and modern works beyond the ‘early music revival’ of the 50s and 60s. He took part in pioneering recordings of Vivaldi and early performances of Stravinsky’s Agon. 

They commissioned Michele Di Filippo to arrange the first four overtures on this album: L’Italiana in Algeri (1813), Il Viaggio a Reims (1825), La Cenerentola (1817) and La Scala di Seta (1812). The other four overtures are from Il Signor Bruschino (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), Tancredi (1813) and La Gazza Ladra (1817), for which the quintet performs from transcriptions made and published in the first half of the 20th century by Mario Macchioci and Enrico Marucelli. All the arrangements preserve the heady excitement of the famous ‘Rossini crescendo’ as well as the chamber-like dialogue between wind and strings in the original scores. 

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bandurria

Baldomero Cateura and the Spanish Mandolin

In this post I want to present a new book about mandolin history in Spain. It is the first book in a planned series of books dealing with the history of the bandurria and mandolin in Spain.


Baldomero Cateura y la Mandoline Espanola

BALDOMERO CATEURA AND THE SPANISH MANDOLIN

Biography, organology, influences, technical proposals of his method, repertoire, projection and anthology.

Author: Diego Martín Sánchez

Ediciones FEGIP. Colección Trabajos de Investigación. Nº 1

Link: https://www.mundoplectro.com/BALDOMERO-CATEURA-Y-LA-MANDOLINA-ESPANOLA

            This work deals with the life and work of one of the most popular bandurrists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Baldomero Cateura (1856-1929). The Spanish mandolin and its repertoire, the “trípode”, the strings, method and “piano-pedalier” are the main elements here treated; but, what really makes this research valuable is the Anthology by Baldomero Cateura (downloadable from the internet). In its slow and complicated elaboration, I have gathered 101 works, almost 1000 pages – some original and others adapted – most of which were given for losses. This repertoire is a valuable contribution to the repertoire of the “plucked Instruments”.

            The work is illustrated with a large number of images and abundant information extracted from newspaper library. Includes the first biography of the bandurrist Carlos Terraza de Vesga. And despite the importance of its composer, brings to light the impressive work for spanish mandolin (bandurria model Cateura) by Manuel Burgés.


Additional information

Soleá (B. Cateura) – Orquesta se plectro Torre del Alfiler

Concierto de clausura del II Festival de Plectro Ciudad de Granada celebrado en el Auditorio Manuel de Falla el día 8 de junio de 2019.
Obra: Soleá (Baldomero Cateura) – Adaptación y arreglos: Roberto Megías.
Interpreta: Orquesta de Plectro Torre del Alfiler.
Dirige: Florencio Rozi Rodríguez.

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electronic devices

The Loop Station – a Powerful Tool for Mandolin…

I have started using a loop station about two years ago, and today I could not miss it any more. The loop station is a powerful tool for every musician, ane I recommend it for everybody who wants to add more color and diversity to his/her musical life.

My first video using a loop station was this:

Last year I have presented the loop station at the Mandolin Academy by Carlo Aonzo in Sorrento. In this post I will write about how to use a loop station with the mandolin and guitar for practicing and recording.

What is a loop station?

A loop station (or looper) is an electronic device which can record tracks, playback the recorded tracks, and record additional tracks over the first track. Loops can be stopped and started again, with some loopers you can use several different loops and switch between them for different parts of your song.

Loop stations have become very popular in Pop Music, Artists like Ed Sheeran use them a lot. Typically a short sequence of chords, a baseline, a riff are mixed up with rhythm to prepare a background for a song.

A nice example by CATT a singer from Germany is this:

Setup

You need:

  • A loop station with direct input for a microphone: I am using the Boss RC 30 (ca. 200,- €); another option is the Ditto Mic Looper (ca. 99,- €); the new Boss RC-500 does also have a microphone plug, but it is more expensive.
  • An amp – any acoustic / keyboard / guitar amp – will do – get a used one or a new one from ca. 50,- € 

So for little more that 300 € you can get a working solution.

You can also use any looper without a plug for the microphone – I have used the Ditto X2 looper first. In this case you need a small mixer for your microphone and an extra cable to go from the mixer to the loop station. You can use any cheap mixer, you can get something from ca. 40,- €. The cheapest looper by Boss is the RC-1. 

But I would recommend a looper like the Boss RC 30 which has the option to store up to 99 tracks. And it makes the setup much more easy compared to an extra mixer.

Additional information: https://www.boss.info/us/community/boss_users_group/1317/

Link collection: https://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:looper/

You can find many youtube videos explaining how to work with a looper for live looping and using a looper for performances. There are also many videos explaining special loopers like the Boss RC-30. I have compiled many of the best videos in the following playlist.

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