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Michael Guggino and Barrett Smith – Mia Dolce Farfalla…

Michael Guggino is well known as the mandolin player with the Steep Canyon Rangers. But his Italian-American background has led him to play traditional Italian music on the mandolin. Barret Smith has spent a lot of time in Italy teaching guitar, but also experiencing the musical tradition with folk songs, tarantellas and mandolins.

For years they have played together for Italian Nights and other occasions. For some time they played as “Trio Guggino” with Nicky Sanders on the violin.

Trio Guggino Speranze Perdute

In the following video of an Italian Night Mike Guggino and Barret Smith give some information about their background.

Micheal Guggino and Barrett Smith of the Grammy award winning Bluegrass Band @The Steep Canyon Rangers preform classic Italian Folk songs at “Italian Night” at the Jordan Street Cafe in Brevard NC.

Michael Guggino and Barret Smith have used to make a recording of their favorite Italian tunes, “Mia Dolce Farfalla”. The CD is available at Spotify and youtube.

Mike and Barrett have been performing traditional Italian folk music on the mandolin and guitar for nearly two decades. The duo first met in college, while both were studying jazz and classical music but also getting their feet wet in bluegrass and American folk music. When Mike and Barrett aren’t touring with the band, they host “Italian Night” performances at local restaurants, music venues, and house concerts. Over the years, these widely popular events have provided them the perfect setting to develop their own unique musical expression of these exotic, Italian folk songs. The pandemic allowed them the time to finally record some of these songs.

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Davide Pancetti – Composer, Teacher, Mandolin Player

Davide Pancetti is a mandolin player, musicologist and composer from Modena in Italy. On his website you can find free sheet music and recordings of his compositions.

In his youtube channel you can find videos of his compositions, of important works by other composers and also tutorials for mandolin and guitar.

In the following video you can hear a live recording of Rêverie I by Davide Pancetti.

Rêverie No. 1 – Davide Pancetti

John Ryan’s Polka – Duet for two mandolins

In his latest video Davide Pancetti plays his Fantsia on “Howl’s Moving Castle”:

Davide Pancetti has also recorded a number of interesting compositions for the mandolin like the following mazurka “Fata Bruna” by Giuseppe Sgallari for mandolin and guitar.


The Japanese mandolin player Kozo Onishi has played the compositions by Davide Pancetti and has published his videos.

Playlist – Kozo Onishi plays Davide Pancetti

1:24 Serenata a Primavera 春のセレナータ

5:15 Mazurka マズルカ

9:50 Fantasia Napoletana ナポリ風幻想曲

17:45 La linea dei monti 山の稜線

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Federico Maddaluno plays Costantino Bertucci – Works for Mandolin

Playlist Federico Maddaluno – Costantino Bertucci – Chamber Music with Mandolin, Guitar and Piano

Federico Maddaluno is a young mandolin player from Napoli. He has produced an album with music composed by Costantino Bertucci. Bertucci has composed 24 Fantasies for mandolin solo and many other compositions. The complete playlist is available as a youtube playlist.

Sheet music for the compositions played by Federico Maddaluno are now available on the new online shop by Carlo Aonzo.

The soloworks for mandolin by Bertucci have also been published in an edition by Emanuele Capelotto by Armelin Musica in Italy

Preludio X by Raffaele Calace – Federico Maddaluno

In the archive of the mandolin orchestra Circolo Mandolinistico Costantino Bertucci you can find free sheet music for two pieces, Notturno and Danza di Bimbi by Costantino Bertucci.

Live Performance with Federico Maddaluno “Napoli Suono Ancora”

I have found another recording of the Notturno by C. Bertucci, a recording by Richard Walz.

Notturno by Costantino Bertucci – Played by Richard Walz
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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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