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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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setouchiMANDOLINEquintet – A Great Mandolin Quintet from Japan –…

Once again I have found some fantastic videos from Japan. This time the Setouchi Mandolinenquintett plays music from the 18th century, but also some Irish music. Thous videos were made during the preparation for a trip to the Korea Mandolin Festival.

  • Mandolins: Miyatake Shiyougo, Wakiya Kazuyo
  • Mandola: 穏 香 Tominaga
  • Guitar: Miyatake Tizuko
  • Mandoloncello: Itsumi Umeda.

V · Roeser / Sonate Nr. 06 (first movement)

V · Roeser / Sonate Nr. 6 (3rd movement)

Leopold Mozart / Für Wolfgang – Suite Nr. VIII d-Moll (1762) in five movements, second movement: Fantasia

Leopold Mozart / Für Wolfgang, fifth movement, Murki (or french: Mourqui)

(what is a murki – see below)

Irish Folk Song / Brian Boru’s March

More videos of Valentin Roeser Sonata

Additional information

Leopold Mozart – Album for Wolfgang: http://www.klavier-noten.com/leopold-mozart/

youtube channel with those and more videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/MANNO7000 und http://twitter.com/abcx19/

Sheetmusic for Brian Boru’s March (melody): http://breizhpartitions.free.fr/de/partitur_download.php/75_Brian_Boru%E2%80%99s_March

What is a Mourqui (Murki)?: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=54303

A more explicit definition can be found in the Grimm Bros.’ famous German dictionary:
MURKI, n. kurze muntere tanzweise,
Murki n[euter]. short lively dancing tune,
bei der der basz durchgehend aus gebrochenen octaven besteht.
whose bass part entirely consists of broken octavoes.
im ersten drittel des 18. jahrh. einem offenbar bäerlichen tanze aus Süddeutschland entlehnt,
in the 1st third of the 18th cent. borrrowed from an obviously rustic dance,
häufig komponiert,
composed frequently,
und noch lange nachher literarisch bezeugt:
and for a long time after testified in literature:

Wikipedia about Leopold Mozart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Mozart (Engl.) and http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Mozart (German)

Valentin Roeser (from http://www.ottohaas-music.com/41-2catalogue.html)

Not in RISM; not in MGG/2. The very rare first French edition. Valentin Roeser (c. 1735 – c. 1782) was a clarinettist of German birth; he lived in Paris from c. 1754 and was appointed to the services of the Prince of Monaco before 1762. In 1769 he became a musician to the Duke of Orléans. He was a prolific composer and arranger and translated, in addition to Leopold’s method, other works by German theorists such as Marpurg into French and thus contributed to the spread of works by his compatriots. Barry S. Brook, who dates our edition to 1770, must be corrected on the basis of Devriès-Lesure, who note that the engraver quoted on the title-page, Ribart, worked only in 1769.

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