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✭ Mandolin’ Variation ✭ A Mandolin Ensemble from France…

I am working in my google map for mandolin orchestras in France and yesterday I have discovered some videos by the group named Mandolin’ Variation.

The videos were made from the christmas concert in 2009.

The first video that I have found was this:

Gavotte by F. J. Gossec

Mandolin’ Variation , gavotte de F. J. Gossec , musique de mandoline au concert de noel 2009

A beautiful Greek melody:

Xaipe ✭ Mandolin’ Variation

Concert de noël 2009 , Mandolin’ Variation loue Xaipe d ‘ origine Grecque , avec 4 mandolines , 1 guitare et un Mandocello

Tarentella Opus 18 ✭ Raffaele Calace

Mandolin’ Variation en concert de noël 2009 , tarentella opus 18 de Raffaele Calace

Additional Information

Website: Mandolin’ Variation

Notre ensemble musical créé en 1991 , est composé actuellement de 8 musiciens : Jean Pierre Hermer et Sophie Verrier en première mandoline , Jacqueline Mathieu et Michel Petryk en seconde mandoline , Robert Lambert en mandole , Elisabeth Hermer , Chantal Saint-André et Alain Ducret en guitare .

Notre répertoire aborde des styles et des époques variés , allant du classique à la musique légère , de l’Europe de l’est à l’Amérique du sud , avec une ouverture plus particulière sur le répertoire ” contemporain ” .

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/38mando/videos

Free sheet music by F. J. Gossec at IMSLP: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Gossec,_Fran%C3%A7ois_Joseph

Free sheet music by Raffaele Calace: http://www.federmandolino.it/htm/spartiti_calace.htm

My google maps and link collections of mandolin orchestras: Mandolin Orchestras of the World

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The “Orchestre à Plectres du Sud-Ouest” conducted by Florentino…

In France there has been a very positive developement of the mandolin music during the last years. Like in Germany regional mandolin orchestras have been organized to improve the skills of the players of the local mandolin orchstras.

In 2011 there was a workshop for a national mandolin orchestra with Florentino Calvo and Vincent Beer-Demander teaching mandolin and mandola, and Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther teaching the guitar. Mandolin and guitar players from France could apply to take part in this workshop.

Stage national d’orchestre à plectres

en partenariat avec Ars Nova ensemble instrumental

Cet orchestre a pour vocation de réunir des musiciens de toute la France, afin de créer un ensemble de haut niveau qui puisse être une vitrine et un ambassadeur de la pratique plectrale. C’est également un outil de promotion de la pratique collective des instruments à plectres.

  • Direction : Philippe Nahon , directeur musical de l’ensemble Ars Nova
  • Mandole/mandoloncelle : Florentino Calvo , professeur de mandoline au Pôle supérieur d’enseignement artistique de Paris/Boulogne Billancourt et au CRD d’Argenteuil, et mandoliniste de l’ensemble Ars Nova.
  • Guitare : Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther, professeur de Guitare au CNSM de Paris et au CRR d’Aubervilliers/La Courneuve, et guitariste de l”ensemble Ars Nova.
  • Mandoline : Vincent Beer Demander, titulaire du Diplôme d’Etat d’instrument ancien, professeur de mandoline au CRR de Marseille et à l’Académie de Mandoline de Marseille dont il assure la direction artistique.

I have found videos of the  Orchestre à Plectres du Sud-Ouest, the regional mandolin orchestra from the south-west of France, conducted by Florentino Calvo.

This regional orchestra has played an interesting program with original compositions for mandolin orchestra. In 2009 the orchestra has played during the Week of the Mandolin (Semaine de la Mandoline). In the following video you can hear two folk dances by Robert Schulz:

Two Folk Dances

Deux danses populaires de Robert Schulz, interprétées le 1er novembre à Tarbes à l’occasion de la semaine de la mandoline. Orchestre à plectres régional, direction Florentino Calvo.

A great version of the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby for mandolin orchestra:

Eleanor Rigby

Célèbre morceau des Beatles joué le 19 juillet 2009, lors du VIIe Festival International Mandol’in Ariège de Saint-Girons. Direction Florentino Calvo.

Very interesting is the Suite Petit Bal des Bêtes composed by Vincent Beer-Demander, this is the first movement of this suite:

Petit Bal des Bêtes 1; V. Beer-Demander

Playlist Orchestre à Plectres du Sud-Ouest

Playlist with the Serenade by Hermann Ambrosius, Sakura by Herbert Baumann, pieces by Kurt Schwaen, compositions by the Japanese composers Miwa Naito and Takashi Ogawa, Memories von Bendigo by Fred Witt and more.

Additional Information

Mandolpolis Festival: http://www.mandopolis.org/

Vincent Beer-Demander: https://www.compagnievbd.org/

Florentino Calvo: http://lafollia.com/PressBook/Florentino_Calvo.html

My link collection of mandolin orchestras in France: http://www.pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:mandolinenorchester/t:frankreich

more posts in my blog about France: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=france

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La Serenade – Valse Espagnole – A Famous Spanish…

Olivier Metra has composed some famous and often played pieces. La Serenade – a Spanish Waltz –  is one  of his big successes

I had previously heard the name Metra because some of his compositions are played by mandolin orchestras. But I haqve never played or really recognized one of Metras compositions.

But some time ago I could by a pack of sheet music that had belonged to a mandolin orchestra, and in this pack I found the music for La Serenade – Valse Espagnole by Olivier Metra. Metra died in 1889, and so the copyright for his compositions has expired.

So I have decided to add a scan of the music for La Serenade by Olivier Metra for mandolin orchestra (mandolin 1 and 2, mandola, guitar) to my page with free sheet music for the mandolin.

La Serenade is a composition that is very well suited for mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra, and I am sure that the audience will like La Serenade if it is played well.

I have found some videos of La Serenade at youtube. My favorite version is this video with Ralf Leen (mandolin) and Yvonne Azaert (guitar)

METRA – Sérénade Espagnole – Ralf Leenen & Yvonne Azaert

Sérénade Espagnole – (Olivier METRA)
live performance – 4th July 2010 “Les Petits Concerts du Sablon” : www.jacobnorden.be
Ralf Leenen, mandolin (Embergher N°7-1900 ex-Ranieri)
Yvonne Azaert, guitar (Ramirez III – 1976)

Another interesting video is the following version played by the Victor Orchestra played from an old 78 record. I do especially like the Spanish snappers that are used to create the typical Spanish mood in this performance:

Waltz by Olivier Metra

Victor orchestra conduced by A. Cibelli
RCA Victor

Playlist Olivier Metra – La Serenade

With recordings with mandolin and guitar, mandolin orchestra, accordeon and others:

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Olivier Metra (German): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivier_M%C3%A9tra

NAXOS biography of Olivier Metra: http://www.naxos.com/person/Olivier_Metra/24629.htm

Free sheet music for mandolin, mandolin orchestra, guitar, including La Serenade for mandolin orchestra by Olivier Metra: http://www.mandoisland.de/eng_kostenlose_noten.html

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Mandolino e violino in Italia – Anna Torge

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Hervé Coufleau – Beautiful Mandolins and Guitars made in…

I have just found an article on LaGuitare.com

with the presentation of a mandolin built by luthier Hervé Coufleau. This mandolin is highly decorated with mother of pearl inlays – a very special and beautiful instrument.

The mandolin is is also shown on the myspace page of Hervé Coufleau:

More picures and an article about this special mandolin can be found on the LaGuitare homepage:


Hervé has taken part in the Montreal Guitar Salon in 2008, a short video shows pictures from this event:

Luthier Hervé Coufleau Salon guitare Montréal

Video Guitar Salon in Montreal

Another video shows pictures from an exhibition in Ballainvilliers (France):


You can find other videos from this exhibition with reports about other luthiers on this page:


Homepage LaGuitare.com: http://www.laguitare.com/

Album of my red mandolin built by Hervé Coufleau: http://www.mandoisland.de/album_coufleau01/

Homepage Hervé Coufleau: http://www.creationgo.net/coufleauguitars/