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Duo Maple – A Japanese Duo with an Italian…

Some time ago I have discovered the videos by the Duo Maple, a duo with mandolin and guitar from Japan. The duo occasionally adds other players with instruments like the Japanese instruments shamisen and shakuhachi, a second guitar, an accordeon or even a bagpipe to its program.

Yoko Eto (mandolin) and Shinji Nordtor (guitar, mandola) have founded the duo in 2006 if I understand the information from the Japanese website correctly.

Now some selected videos with the Duo Maple!

Core’ngrato von Salvatore Cardillo (1874–1947)

Wikipedia about the song Core ‘ngrato and the composer of this song  Salvatore Cardillo:

Salvatore Cardillo (1874–1947) was the Italian songwriter whose richly scored sentimental Napuletano classic “Core ‘ngrato” (“Ungrateful heart”) written in 1911 for Enrico Caruso, has remained a staple of the Italian tenor concert repertoire, having been recorded by Corelli, Domingo, and Pavarotti.

“Core ‘ngrato” is the only famous Neapolitan song to be written in the United States by an Italian immigrant.

Playlist Duo Maple

Additional Information

Website Duo Maple: http://officemaple.web.fc2.com/index.html

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Wheel Song – Bump of Chicken – With Mandolin…

Some time ago I have discovered another great popsong from Japan that has been arrangend for mandolin orchestra – Song of the Wheel by Bump of Chicken. The famous Japanese rock band Bump of Chicken used the mandolin for the recorded version of this song, the mandolin is also used in the official video of this song. When they play the song life the mandolin part is played on guitar.

Mandolin orchestra version:


The mandolin part of the Song of Wheel is demonstrated in the following video:

簡単 BUMP OF CHICKEN/車輪の唄のイントロをフラットマンドリンで弾いてみた

In this video the mandolin is tunes one halftone lower to f# c# g# d# – it might be that Bump of Chicken used a mandolin in this tuning for the recording? There is a second video with a mandolin in standard tuning, but this requires to play the melody in a higher position and makes it more difficult.

Playlist Bump of Chicken

Additional Information

Wikipedia (En.) about Bump of Chicken: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_of_Chicken

Website Bump of Chicken: http://www.bumpofchicken.com/

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The Mandolin Orchestra Viva Mandolino from Japan – Tschaikowski…

The mandolin orchestra Viva Mandolino has recently given its 14th regular concert in  the Kashiwa Shinmin Bunka Hall.

The mandolin orchestra Viva Mandolino is located in the region Abiko City / Kashiwa City in the province Chiba not far from Tokio.

Two videos from this concert are available at youtube. The orchestra has added a percussion section and a flute too.

Slawischer Marsch by P. I. Tschaikowski

Ouvertüre No. 3 by Konrad Woelki

This is one of the ouvertures by Konrad Wölki written for a big mandolin orchestra with additional instruments.

In my playlist I have compiled more videos by Viva Mandolino including videos from last years concerts (No. 11, 12 and 13). This includes some Italian songs for tenor and mandolin orchestra.

The progran includes:

  • “Gli Orazii ed Curiazii” – Domenico Cimarosa
  • “Ragtime”, “Foxtrott” and another movement from the Arte Deco Suiteo
  • “I Gioielli Della Madonna” – Wolf-Ferrari Composition
  • “Invocazione” – Simone Salvetti Composition
  • “Una furtiva lagrima” – Gaetano Donizetti Composition – Tenor + mandolin orchestra
  • Cavalleria Rusticana
  • “Nessun dorma” – Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini – Tenor: Kohei Ichikawa
  • “Bethlehem” – A. Amadei
  • Die lustige Witwe “Nr.10 Spielszene und Tanzduett” – Franz Lehár
  • “Dichter und Bauer” – Franz von Suppé
  • “Core ‘ngrato (Catari, catari)” – Salvatore Cardillo- Tenor und Mandolinenorchester
  • Ouvertüre No. 3 – Konrad Woelki
  • Slawischer Marsch – P. I. Tschaikowski

Playlist Viva Mandolino

More videos with the orchestra Viva Mandolino can be found in the youtube channel:



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: