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The Oldest Mandolin Orchestras – Worldwide (Paul Ruppa)

Paul Ruppa has written the following article for the Mandolin Journal of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA). To make this article available for the mandolin community he asked me to publish it in my blog.


Using the internet three years ago, I began to build a list of the oldest active mandolin orchestras around the world.  Initially, because I did not know the best way to search for the relevant information, the results were not very good. Even asking friends outside the United States for the names of the oldest active orchestras in their homelands was not very successful. After several years of starts and stops in the research, the list included only about thirty names.

With some time on my hands in 2020, expanding the list of the world’s oldest mandolin orchestras seemed like a timely and important project. A motivating factor behind the project was the fact that my group, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra was a well-documented 120 years old. It seemed unlikely that a mandolin orchestra in the Dairy State could be the home of the oldest such ensemble in the world. Thanks to generous members of the internet’s mandolin community, we now know that there are at least a half dozen similar and older groups in Europe and many others with long histories.

The project took off on the “Mandolin World” Facebook page with a call for information about active mandolin ensembles that formed prior to 1971. There were a surprising number of responses. One of the best parts of the exercise was finding how much mandolin history has been made by devoted amateur, fretted-instrument players worldwide.

There were just 33 pre-1971 entries on the list when the project went online. In a few weeks, with the help of mandolin enthusiasts on the internet, 103 qualifying mandolin organizations were identified. In an attempt to make the list more readable, I set arbitrary milestones at 100, 50 and 30 years.

  • 36 orchestras were at least 100 years old, two in that group had a tradition going backas far as 135 years.
  • 53 in the next grouping were at least 50 years old and five began as early as 1922 (99 years ago)
  • 14 active mandolin orchestras that started operating before 1971 provided start dates between 30 and 49 years ago.
Current list of the oldest 100 year old mandolin orchestras

Mandolin orchestras from sixteen different countries were represented in the results of this project.

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Videos for the CMSA Convention in the Clouds 2021

The 2021 Connvention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) was held as an online event. Several artists were invited to send videos of performances and workshops.

After the convention nunberous videos have been uploaded to youtube and are now available.

I have compiled the videos that I have found in this post.

Enjoy!

Sebastiaan de Grebber – Mandolin

GIOVALE – FANTASIA | Chi me frena – Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti | MANDOLIN solo – S DE GREBBER
PIAZZOLLA – Nightclub 1960 – Sebastiaan de GREBBER on a Lorenzo LIPPI mandolin & Philine COOPS piano

Robert Margo – Mandola / Octave Mandolin

Raffaele Calace, “Notturno Cielo Stellato, Op. 186”: Robert Margo, mandola in G
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The Mandolin Students of Vincent Beer-Demander – Online Concert…

The mandolin students of Vincent Beer-Demander – Conservatoire royal de Liège – Professeur Vincent Beer Demander – gave an online concert in 2021.

This is a great chance to see different young players and listen to different mandolins.

Program

Thomas Paclade: Partita de Philippe Sauli for mandolin solo

Nina Grimaud – Ochiana for mandolin solo – Heinrich Konietzny

Charlotte Kaiser – La Fustemberg – Variations for mandolin solo

Tony Coullet – Dor for mandoloncello solo – Vincent Beer-Demander

Katherine Lasso Castillo – Sonata in Mi Minore – baroque mandolin – D. Scarlatti

Julie Koncewicz – Crepuscule – Laurent Fantauzzi

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Vincent Beer-Demander plays for Japan

Vincent Beer-Demander is one of the leading mandolin players in France and a great composer too. In June 2021 he performed a special online concert for Japan which is available at youtube.

Vincent Beer-Demander and friends played a selection of compositions for mandolin, mandola, two mandolins, three mandolins and songs with piano and mandolin.

Vincent Beer-Demander plays for Japan – Marseille 2021

Vincent Beer-Demander (Mandoline, mandole)

Nina Grimaut (Mandoline)

Siham Pichon (Mandoline)

Pascale Sicaud (Piano, voix)

Remi Beer-Demander (Voix)

Juna Iwamato (Présentation)

Olivier Fordant (Vidéo)

From a comment in Japanese (with google translation) this is the program:

Part One
Vincent Beer-Demander solo
-Improvisation by Vincent B.D. with a Japanese theme
-Andante / J.S. Bach Arrangement: Vincent Beer-Demander
-From the animal guessing quiz Bestiere (bestiary). (Guess what animal the theme of Vincent is playing.)
-A tribute to the movie musician Ennio-Moricone, who passed away last year Arrangement: Vincent Beer-Demander

Part 2
Mandolin song for kids

-Duck Dolan le canard / Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander
-Archangel L’Arcange Galivel / Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander
-Egg L’œuf de Grocuche / Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander

Part 3
Mandol’in pour mandoline

-Le verre de cocadine Coke’s cup Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander
-La conservature en laine La conservature en laine Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander
-Le Machayou Le Machayou Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander

Part 4
Three new songs announced and France’s representative song

-Three songs for singer, mandolin and piano
(There are 3 short songs) Composition: Vincent Beer-Demander

-Göttingen / Barbara Arrangement: Vincent Beer-Demander
-Amsterdam / Jacques-Brel Arrangement: Vincent Beer-Demander
-Rosy Life / Edit-Piaf Arrangement: Vincent Beer-Demander
-The Windmills of Your Wind / Michel-Le Grand Arrangement: Vincent Beer-Demander