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Georg Philipp Telemann – Partita II in G Major…

Some days ago I have made a new video with one movement from the Partita II in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann.

I have played this Partita for many years now, and every now and then I have liked to play the movements from this Partita on the mandolin. The key of G major is very well suited for the mandolin and the pieces are easy to play and do sound great.

This Partita is the second one from a set of 6 Partitas for violin, flute or oboe and B. C. (cello and piano or harpsichord) But the melodies are so beautiful, that it is possible to play the music also as a solo piece on the mandolin. A version for mandolin and guitar would be even better.

The complete sheet music for the 6 Partitas is available at the IMSLP site (see below). I have not tried out the other partitas yet, but I am sure that one or another would also sound great on the mandolin – just try it out!

This is my recording of the last movement Aria 6 – of the Partita II in G major

Telemann – Aria 6 for Mandolin Solo

The movements of the Partita are:

  • Siziliano
  • Aria 1 – Allegro
  • Aria 2 – Allegro
  • Aria 3 – Vivace
  • Aria 4 – Afettuoso
  • Aria 5 – Presto
  • Aria 6 – Tempo di Minuetto

I have found several videos of this Partita II in G major with recorder or flute at youtube and collected the videos in the following playlist. I have also added some movements from the other Partitas:


Additional information

Free sheet music of the 6 Partitas  Kleine Kammermusik (6 Partitas) (Telemann, Georg Philipp)


Other free sheet music by Telemann on the IMSLP site: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Telemann,_Georg_Philipp

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Watermusic – Georg Friedrich Händel on plucked instruments

Last year was the 250th year after the death of Georg Friedrich Händel, and so Händels music was present in the media.

Händels music can also be played on plucked instruments, here I have collected some interesting examples:

Suite by Händel played by the Mandolin Orchestra Het CONSORT

Evan J. Marshall, Solo Mandolin: Handel’s Pastorale

One of the popular works by Händel is the Fireworks Music. Here is an interesting arrangement with 8-string guitar and domra:

Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks – Abaca String Band

This is the Bourrée, La Paix: Largo alla siciliana, and La Réjouissance: Allegro – from George Frideric Handel’s “The Music for the Royal Fireworks (HWV 351)”, written in 1749 to celebrate the signing of a peace treaty ending the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748.

Originally for Orchestra, Handel also did an arrangement for Violin and Harpsichord.

The Abaca String Band was founded in 1991 by Andrew Schulman. The members of the group are Schulman, Music Director/8-String Guitar, Robert Zubrycki/Violin, Tamara Volskaya/Domra-Mandolin, Julie Goodale/Viola, Bradley Lovelace/Double Bass.

Recorded at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, San Diego, CA, on October 22, 2008.

Music arranged by Andrew Schulman
Videography by Gary Stoefen


Finally I have a version of Händels’ Water Music:

Handel – Water Music – Suite in F maj – Alla Hornpipe


Additional infromation

Evan Marshall: http://www.solomandolin.com/

Orchester Corelli: http://digilander.libero.it/OrchestraCorelli/

Händel Haus – German Site of the house of birth of G. F. Händel with a lot of resources: Händel-Haus Halle

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Capella Aquisgrana – Early Music – Lute Consort

The Capella Aquisgrana is an ensemble based in Aachen, Germany that plays the music from the 14th until the 18th century on historical plucked instruments.

The basic ensemble is composed of the instruments of the lute and guitar family – baroque mandolin, baroque guitar and mandolone – and is completed by other instruments like the travers flute, the viola da gamba and percussion instruments. The music is mainly taken from Spanish, Italian and English composers who made important contributions to the developement of the music for plucked instruments in Europe.

Marga Wilden-Hüsgen, director of the ensemble – has been professor for the mandolin at the music university of Cologne, departement Wuppertal, until she retired in 2007. She has taken care about the renaissance of playing the historical plucked instruments and has driven the rediscovery and care of the old playing techniques of those instruments.

The name of the ensemble “aquisgrana” is taken from the old latin name of the city of Aachen.

The Ensemble Capella Aquisgrana has recently published three youtube movies from a concert given in 2009 – this is a good occasion to listen to their music and hear and see some of the instruments.

Doen Daphné d’over schoone Maeght (J. v. Eyck) Ricarda Schumann und Marlo Strauß

von Jakob van Eyck
gespielt von: Ricarda Schumann und Marlo Strauß
Capella Aquisgrana – Ensemble für Alte Musik

Capella Aquisgrana: La morte de la ragione (anon. 16. Jh. Italy)

Flow my tears (Lachrimae Pavan) J. Dowland – Marga Wilden-Hüsgen u. Marlo Strauß

A CD recorded in 2009 will be published within the next weeks. You can find information about the ensemble and about the instruments played on their website.


Website Capella Aquisgrana: http://www.capella-aquisgrana.eu/

youtube channel Capella Aquisgrana: http://www.youtube.com/user/capellaaquisgrana


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Ensemble La Volta – Plucked Instruments of the World

The La Volta ensemble has been around for more than 25 years. A concert for the 25st anniversary was given in 2009, and the videos of this concerts are now available on youtube.

On the homepage of the ensemble you can find the following text:

LA VOLTA, ein Ensemble der Musikschule Reinach/Basel-Land (CH), besteht aus 8 bis 9 Jugendlichen im Alter von ca. 10 bis18 Jahren.

Zusammen mit ihrem Leiter, Jürgen Hübscher, beherrschen sie ein vielfältiges Repertoire, das von Musik des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts über Internationale Folklore bis zur «POPulären Musik» unserer Zeit reicht.

Das Instrumentarium besteht aus Gitarren verschiedener Grössen, historischen Instrumenten wie Laute, Barockgitarre, Barockmandoline, Pandora etc., folkloristischen Zupfinstrumenten aus ganz Europa, Nordamerika und Lateinamerika, Violine, Panflöten und über dreissig Percussionsinstrumenten.

translated to English:

LA VOLTA, a group of the music school in Reinach/Basel (Switzerland) is composed of studens ot he music school aged between 10 and 18 years.

Together with the director Jürgen Hübscher they play a repertoire which contains music from the 16th to the 18th century as well as international folk music and pop songs of today.

The enseble uses different sized guitars, historical instruments like the luth, barock guitar, barock mandolin, pandora etc.,  folk instruments from all over Europe, North America and South America, violins, pan flutes and more than 30 percussion instruments.

For now 25 years Jürgen Hübscher has again and again found young students for his ensemble and prepared  interesting programs. Many times this ensemble has also been invited to other countries and made successful tours.

The instruments are used in a very creative way. In the following video folk instruments like the charango or the Puertorican cuatro are used for the barock music replacing the barock guitar, the Mexican Guitarron is used as the bass instrument.

Villan di Spagna (printed 1657)

Ensemble La Volta (Switzerland) Italian 17th Century music by Giuseppe Giamberti. Performed with “baroque Charango” (tuned like baroque guitar), Jarana Huasteca from Mexico, Pandora, Cuatro Puertorriqueño & Mexican Guitarron.

The program does also contain a Ciacona by Leopold Sylvius Weiss for soprano luth and bass luth, and a suite by Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello.

Then follows an Italian tarantella, folk dances from Greece and Bulgaria and finally dances and choros from South America.

Two well known pieces from Brazil are played in the following video:

Manha de carnaval / Brasileirinho

The ensemble La Volta has produced several CDs, they have also published some South American dances for a mixed ensemble. On the homepage of the ensemble you can find more information about CDs, sheet music and also seminars held by Jürgen Hübscher for working with mixed ensembles. You can also order a newsletter.

This is another video with Irish and American melodies, played with a lot of joy and creativity – that’s fun for the players and for the audience too.

Irish Reel – Hornpipe – Breakdown

Website La Volta: http://www.la-volta.com/

Playlist with all videos of the anniversary concert of Ensemble La Volta

Playlist from a concert given in 2011

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