Mandolin syllabuses and examination regulations are helpful to give hints about what you can play on the mandolin.
I have compiled the mandolin syllabuses that I know in this post. I have compiled syllabuses in different languages. As those lists are mainly lists of composers and sheet music titles you shouild be able to use it even if you do not understand the language.
Thekla Mattischek – Aspekte des Unterrichts auf der Mandoline / Mandola
Thekla Mattischek has compiled some important aspects about teaching the mandolin in a document. At the end of the document you can also find a small list of recommended music for the mandolin. You can find the article on the following page: Fachartikel und Noten (www.mandoline.de)
Literaturliste für die Oberstufe des Gymnasiums (Bayern)
Regulations for mandolin players at secondary schools in Bavaria can be found on this page: Literaturlisten
Victoria College Exams has been offering examinations, held at local centres continually since 1890. The rules and levels for the examinantions have been compiled in syllabuses for the dirfferent instruments. The examinations for mandolin have been added on a recommendation by Alison Stephens.
Today I would like to present the website Cape Breton Sessions in Ottawa. Each week musicians meet for a session with folk tunes from Cape Breton. The music which is regularly played is available as a book of sheet music with today 52 sets of three to six tunes each.
Recordings from the Cape Breton Session have been made available in the youtube channel. As an example I have selected the following video with a slow tune that’s a favorite of mine – Hector the Hero. The text for the video says: “Parker Duchemin, one of the regulars at the session plays Hector the Hero for a visiting friend of his. The rest of the group joins in partway through.”
Website: http://www.cbsession.com The sheet music can be found on page “Tunes”, search for “Full Book” to get the complete book as one document. You can also find a collection of popular Christmas tunes.
On the website of the Cape Breton Session you can also find a link to the website by Alan Snyder who has compiled a huge database of recordings of Cape Breton tunes. You can find also the beginning of each tune in sheet music and a midi version of the tune.
A lot of informations as well as sheet music compilations can be found on the website Cranford Publication: http://www.cranfordpub.com/ “Cranford Publications specializes in Celtic fiddle music from Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland. Proprietor Paul Cranford is a fiddler, composer and retired lightousekeeper well-grounded in the traditions of music he sells, performs and arranges.”
Finally a playlist with Cape Breton tunes that I have compiled.
Some time ago I have found the youtube channel of Anne Delong. Anne Delong is a mandolin player from Ontario, Canada. She is also composing fiddle tunes and other melodies. She is presenting her tunes as recordings with sheet music in her youtube channel. You can easily play along with the video or make a screenshot to get a printed version of the music. Anne Delong has pubished two books with her compositions, you can find details about the books on her website.
Anne Delong is a retired teacher-librarian and computer resource teacher which helped definitifely to present her compositions as youtube videos and on her website. She is also maintaining several websites like the website of the Mandolin Society of Peterborough.
Mike Cole and Anne Delong played at a small festival in Whitevale, Ontario in September, 2018 along with a number of other musical groups and solo artists. This video shows Anne Delong with Mike Cole.
Mike and Anne at Whitevale PorchFest September 2018
The latest tune that can be found in the youtube channel is Carly, Bring the Barley.
Hendrik Luurtsema is a mandolin player from the Netherlands. I have recently discovered his mandolin videos when I was looking for other recordings of Midnight on the Water which I had just recorded for my youtube channel.
When I was looking for more information about Hendrik I found his new blog where he is sharing recordings and sheet music of mandolin tunes composed by him. Hendrik presents his pieces with some background information about what has inspired him to compose the tune and about his recording.
Hendrik has played in Bluegrass bands Close to Home (information in German) and before in a folk band name Trice. He is currently active with his duo luurtsema & klein
Hendrik is also an active member of the Mandolin Cafe, he has recorded many videos for the Song of the Week social club.
This is his tune Circus Luurtieful
Playlist Hendrik Luurtsema
I have compiled my favorite mandolin tunes plyed by Hendrik in this playlist – you can find many more videos in Hendriks youtube channel.
My Version of The Valley of Malgum by Hendrik Luurtsema