I have recently discovered this great video produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra from London (UK) with Nigel Woodhouse.
Nigel Woodhouse is a guitarist who does also play the mandolin, the banjo and other fretted instruments.
Nigel plays a Neapolitan (or Roman) mandolin based on a mandolin by Luigi Embergher and made for Nigel in 1993 by Japanese maker Yoshihiko Takusari. He also plays an A-style mandolin built by Mike Vanden. You can find some pictures of the two mandolins on Nigel’s website.
Nigel presents examples by Mozart, Mahler, Webern, Strawinsky, Prokofiev, Respighi and other important composers who used the mandolin in a symphony orchestra. He also shows the most important features and playing techniques of the mandolin.
Nigel Woodhouse – The Mandolin
In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the mandolin. The mandolin has been used by many composers across the centuries to give special colour to the orchestra, often evoking folk music.
I have recently bought a box of vintage sheet music from the UK – including 55 pieces for mandolin with piano, second mandolin, guitar, banjo. I am planning to make scans of this available in the future – but I think it might be interesting to see the covers of this collection to get an impression about the status of the mandolin around 1900.
Some of the pieces have a copyright date of 1897, and I think most of the pieces have been published before 1900.
I have made pictures of the covers or of the first page of the sheet music.
Mandolin Sheet Music published in London around 1900