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Orii Mandolin Project – Duo Style Mandolin

Carlo Munier is one of the important composers for the mandolin. In his book “Il Nuovo Stile dei Duetti per mandolino solo, Op.278 ” he has studied the possibilities of the duo style for the mandolin. I have now found a video of the 1a. Fantasia from this collection, a great performance by the Japanese mandolinist Kiyosumi Orii.


The sheet music for this book by Munier is available as free doenload in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):

https://imslp.org/wiki/Il_Nuovo_Stile_dei_Duetti_per_mandolino_solo%2C_Op.278_(Munier%2C_Carlo)

Introduction

Munier uses two staffs for the notation of this fantasia to make clear that it sounds as if two mandolins are playing. Here is the beginning of the Fantasia.

Beginning of the 1a. Fantasia
baroque mandolin

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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Evan Marshall – Mandolin Virtuoso – Master of Duo-Style…

Evan Marshall is one of the few mandolin players who has a preference for solo performances and solo arrangements. His repertoir is composed of some of the most famous classical masterpieces arranged for the solo-mandolin. Up to now I have not presented Evan Marshall in this blog – it’s time to do so!

Evan is a virtuoso player who can play everything on the mandolin. He masters the so called duo-style technique perfectly and uses this for his solo arrangements. It’s incredible what Evan can play on his Gilchrist mandolin – I just can say my favorite quote “little mandolin – big sound”.

In the interview on the Mandozine website Evan tells that the first piece that he tried to play as a solo was the famous guitar piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega. He thought that it should be possible to transfer the guitar tremolo technique to the mandolin too. Later he discovered the classical mandolin methods by Pettine and mandolin solo pieces by Francia that were using the same technique earlier.

But not only duo-style, also other incredible techniques are used by Evan. Check the following Caprice No. 3 and see what he can do with the tear-off (or pull-off) technique to play an incredible number of notes in the shortest time:

Evan is also playing in other ensembles. With Scott Gates and Brian Oberlin he played as a mandolin duo. Last year Brian Oberlin and Evan have recored a duo CD “Twin Mandolin Slingers”. This is a short video of one of their duo performances:

Evan has also played for many years in a Disneyland show in Anaheim, California as a member of the Band Billy Hill & the Hillbillies. Especially the solo arrangement of the William Tell Ouverture was his signature piece and a great success in those shows. There are some videos from a show in 1997. In the following example Evan plays the violin – which was his first instrument before he made the mandolin his favorite instrument:

Playlist Evan Marshall Solo-Mandolin / Mandolin Duets and more

Including more than 60 videos: William Tell Ouvertüre von G. Rossini, Pastorale von Händel, Ave Maria by Schubert, Ode to Joy by Beethoven, some Xmas-songs from his Christmas-CD, Caprices by Evan Marshall, Mozart violin concert, Bluegrass Duets with Scott Gates, Vivaldi concer in a duo arrangement and much more. Enjoy Evan Marshall!

Additional Informationen

Classical music, bluegrass, and pop are fused through the mandolin playing of Evan Marshall. Inspired equally by late classical violinist Jascha Heifitz and the dean of country guitar, Chet Atkins, Marshall has crafted a highly experimental approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, and tremolo melodies without overdubs.

CD recommendations (Amazon partnerlink)

The Lone Arranger
A Mandolin for Christmas
Twin Mandolin Slingers