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Music from Venezuela for Mandolin and other Plucked Instruments…

In this post I have compiled several playlists with music for mandolin and other stringed instruments from Venezuela.

I have a page on my website mandoisland about the mandolin and other interesting information about the music in Venzuela.

MandoIsland Website: mandoisland.de

Page about music in Venezuela: http://www.mandoisland.de/weblog_venezuela.html

Music from Venezuela

Venezuela – Percujazz (Cuatro/Bandola)

Bandola Llanera (Venezuela)

Venezuela – Cuatro Venezolano – Pajarillo

Sonidos de Venezuela

Venezuela – Merengue Venezolano

Iván Adler – Venezuela

Read more “Music from Venezuela for Mandolin and other Plucked Instruments – My Playlists”

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A Romantic Mandolin Concert in Taiwan with Yahui Chen…

Mandolin players from Taiwan with Yahui Chen (Mandoline) have given a Romantic Mandolin Concert in the library of the Hsing Tien Temple in Taipe on Feb. 25th.

The videos of this concert are available at youtube.

I have made the following playlist with the complete concert:

Playlist Taipe Mandolin Ensemble Feb. 12, 2012


1. Andante et Polonaise – E. Mezzacapo (mand. + guit.)

2. Rondo – R. Calace (mand. + guit.)

3. Kaze (mand. + guit.)

4. Kaze II (mand. + guit.)

5. Japanische Volkslieder (2 mandolins)

6. Carnevale di Venezia – C. Munier (this and the following pieces played by mandolin ensemble)

7. Valzer Fantastico – E. Marucelli

8. In the Light

9. Mandolin Club Night

10. Grandfather’s Clock

11. ???

13. Zu Tian Lullaby

15. Marche des Mandolinistes – Mezzacapo

16. Napoli

(the pieces 12 and 14 are missing)

Additional Information

Taipe Mandolin Ensemble at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taipei-Mandolin-Ensemble/133485357289

About the temple:

The Hsing Tian Kong dedicated to Lord Guan (Guansheng Dijun [關聖帝君], Guan Gong) is a famous temple located in Taipei.

Hsing Tian Kong

Previous posts in my blog: Das Taipei Mandolin Ensemble (German)

Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango – Liuqin (Chinese Mandolin) and Guitar

historical recordings

Estudiantina Waltz – A Famous Waltz of the 19th…

I have just bought an old edition of Estudiantina Waltz by P. Lacome – Jean Pietrapertosa has published this version for mandolin and piano. I have also made a scan of this edition which is available now as free download on my website.

I have tried to find some information about this compositiona and recordings of this waltz and here is what I have found.

The Estudiantina Waltz was composed by P. Lacome. Emil Waldteufel has used the melody and some other Spanish melodies in his composition Estudiantina Op. 191.

Jean Pietrapertosa has published the waltz as his Op. 8 for mandolin and piano around 1889. Obviously this waltz was quite popular during the late 19th and early 20th century.

On the website http://www.planet-vienna.com/musik/komponisten/Waldteufel/werke.htm I have found some information about the composition by Emil Waldteufel:

Anmerkung: Wie auch bei ‚España‘ handelt es sich bei ‚Estudiantina‘ um ein Arrangement, welches aus bereits bestehenden Themen anderer Komponisten besteht. Der Verleger Enoch beauftrage Waldteufel, einen Walzer zusammenzustellen, der auf dem berühmten Duett ‚Estudiantina‘ (Bezeichnung für eine Gruppe von Studenten) von Paul Lacome (1838-1920) basiert. Dieses Thema jedoch reichte nur für die ersten eineinhalb Sequenzen von ‚Estudiantina‘. Daher suchte Waldteufel weiter in der Vielfalt der französischen Adaptionen original spanischer Lieder. Die vier Walzerthemen von ‚Estudiantina‘ beinhalten folgende Lieder: 1. Estudiantina (Refrain), 2. Estudiantina (Strophe) und ‚Chanson d’automne‘ (ebenfalls von Lacome), 3. ‚Jota de la Estudiantina‘ und ‚Tirana‘, 4. ‚De Cadiz al Puerto‘ und ‚El Tripili‘. Lacomes ‚Estudiantina‘ wurde im Dezember 1881 veröffentlicht, Waldteufels Walzer im April 1883. Wie auch ‚España‘ ist dieser Walzer ein Muster an Lebhaftigkeit. Die wunderbaren, zügig dahinfliessenden Melodien befördern den Zuhörer geradewegs auf einen wogenden Wellenteppich, welcher ihn für einen Moment in den sonnigen Süden bringt…

Translation: As in “Espana” “Estudantina” is an arrangement which is composed of themes composed by other composers. The publisher Enoch ordered a waltz based on the famous duet “Estudiantina”  (i.e. a group of students playing music together) composed by P. Lacome (1838 – 1920). However this theme was not sufficient for the complete composition, so Waldteufel looked for other themes in the large amount of French versions of Spanish songs. The 4 themes of the Estudiantina Waltz contain the following songs: 1. Estudiantina (Refrain), 2. Estudiantina (Strophe) and ‚Chanson d’automne‘ (also composed by Lacome), 3. ‚Jota de la Estudiantina‘ and ‚Tirana‘, 4. ‚De Cadiz al Puerto‘ and ‚El Tripili‘. Lacomes ‚Estudiantina‘ was published in Dec. 1881, Waldteufel composition was published in April 1883.

There are several historical recodings of Estudiantina, mostly short versions that are probably based on the song by Lacome (ca. 3 minutes). There are many versions at youtube, mostly based on the version by Emil Waldteufel (ca. 7 minutes).

Titel page of my copy:

This is a recording by a kind of mandolin orchestra from Chicago named Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble from a concert given in the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago).

Estudiantina Waltz, Emil Waldteufel.

Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble performs Estudiantina Waltz by Emil Waldteulfel at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

A very special version for an old Mira 15 1/2 inch music box:

Mira 15 1/2 INCH Parlor Grand Music Box Playing “Estudiantina” Waltz

Without a doubt one of the sweetest and most highly spirited arrangements on a music box disc is here before you. This is the lovely Estudiantina (Band of Students) Waltz composed by Emile Waldteufel in 1883. When I first listened to this disc on one of our Mira 15 1/2 inch music boxes I was reduced to tears as the disc played. It remains to this day one of my all time favorites for listening. I hope that you enjoy it as well and thanks for stopping in for a visit!

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Carlo Munier ❉ Sweet Melancholy ❉ Douce Mélancoli ❉…

Sweet Melancholy Op. 235 is part of a collection of four pieces by Carlo Munier. This collection can be found as Nelly Album in the Nakano library.

The first two pieces have the main titles in English, with subtitles in French and Italian.

The four pieces are:

  • Sweet Melancholy ❉ Douce Mélancoli ❉ Dolce Mestizia, Romanza, Op. 235
  • Pretty Little Flower ❉ Petite Fleur Gentille ❉ Fiorillo Gentile, Schottisch, Op. 234
  • Mazurka ❉ Serenata, Op. 188
  • Valzer ❉ Cantabile, Op. 192

The first of this four pieces Dolce Mestizia as been recorded in a youtube video by the Mandolin and  Guitar Quartet Estudiantina Bergamo.

Mandolin Guitar Quartet Estudiantina Bergamo – C. Munier “Dolce mestizia”

Rassegna “I Lunedì dellEstudiantina” Suona il Quartetto Estudiantina per la Manifestazione “PIZZICANDO! – MANDOLINO E DINTORNI – Tra Barocco e Novecento” III Edizione – giugno/luglio 2011.
Omaggio a Carlo Munier nel centenario della morte (1859-1911)
“Dolce mestizia” dalla raccolta “Nelly”
Bergamo Aula Picta, Piazza Duomo Città Alta – 11 luglio 2011
– Marina Ferrari e Chiara Perini, mandolini.
– Mario Rota, mandola.
– Michele Guadalupi, mandoloncello e chitarra.


Sheet music avaialable in the Petrucci Library: Dolce Malinconia