The Early Mandolin

The Early Mandolin : The Mandolino and the Neapolitan Mandoline

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This book examines the possibility of there having been two main types of early mandolin, the gut-stringed "mandolino", played with the fingers and the later Neopolitan "mandoline" with metal strings, played with a plectrum. The authors look at their physical characteristics, tunings, playing techniques and musical histories to about 1800. They present the full extent of their repertories, which include works by Handel, Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Hummel, Beethoven, and Sammartini, whose recently discovered sonata for mandolin is published here for the first time. The study is aimed at players and teachers of the mandolin, musicologists, organologists as well as students of early music.
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  • Hardback | 197 pages
  • 180 x 240 x 25.4mm | 607g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193185164
  • 9780193185166

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Part 1 The mandolino: origins; the Italian mandola/mandolino in the 17th century; the mandola/mandolino in the 18th century; practical information about the mandolino for players and makers; other instruments related to the mandolino. Appendices: A - list of primary music sources for the mandolino - manuscript collections, published music; B - music examples. Part 2 The mandoline: Naples and the origins of a new instrument; the mandoline in France; the mandoline elsewhere in Europe; a guide to playing the Neapolitan mandoline; instruments related to the Neapolitan mandoline in the 18th century. Appendices: A - list of primary music sources for the Neapolitan mandoline - published music, manuscript collections; B - music examples.
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