The Classical Mandolin

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Music - 225 pages
Although the mandolin is now regarded as a marginal instrument in the classical music world, a century ago it was one of the most widely played instruments in Europe and North America. Regularly used in operas and symphonies, and forming the basis of plucked instrument orchestras, the mandolin could also be heard in major concert halls. The Classical Mandolin traces the rise of the modern Neapolitan mandolin, examines the lives and works of leading specialist composers (such as Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier), and looks at its use by mainstream composers from Verdi and Mahler to Schoenberg and Boulez. The mandolin's enduring popularity in folk music is also discussed. Sparks looks finally at present-day orchestras and soloists, examines aspects of technique, and offers guidance on specialist organisations worldwide.
 

Contents

1 18151878
1
2 18781892
22
3 18921918
50
4 19181945
136
5 1945 to the Present Day
163
6 Practical Information for Players and Composers
183
The Mandolin and Related Instruments Brief Definitions
204
Bibliography
208
Index
215
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Paul Sparks is a freelance writer and performer.

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