The Classical Mandolin

Overview


A "hidden" instrument in the classical music world, the mandolin's repertoire of original music remains largely unknown. This book examines the lives and works of the mandolin's great composers and, together with Sparks's earlier The Early Mandolin (Oxford 1989), provides the first comprehensive survey of the instrument's history. The book also explores aspects of technique and looks at present-day orchestras and soloists.
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Overview


A "hidden" instrument in the classical music world, the mandolin's repertoire of original music remains largely unknown. This book examines the lives and works of the mandolin's great composers and, together with Sparks's earlier The Early Mandolin (Oxford 1989), provides the first comprehensive survey of the instrument's history. The book also explores aspects of technique and looks at present-day orchestras and soloists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195173376
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Oxford Early Music Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Sparks is a freelance writer and performer.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Music Examples
1. 1815-1878.
1.1 The Decline of the Mandoline and Mandolino as Concert Instruments.
1.2 Italy and the Creation of the Modern Mandolin.
2. 1878-1892.
2.1 The Paris Exhibition of 1878.
2.2 Spanish Influences.
2.3 Circoli mandolinisti in Italy.
2.4 The Mandolin Rediscovered.
3. 1892-1918.
3.1 The Genoa Concourse and the Virtuoso Era in Italy.
3.2 The Heyday of the Mandolin in Europe.
3.3 The USA and Elsewhere.
4. 1918-1945.
4.1 Germany, Austria, and the Emergence of a New Style.
4.2 Elsewhere in Continental Europe.
4.3 Japan.
4.4 The USA, Britian, and Elsewhere.
5. 1945 to the Present Day.
5.1 Europe.
5.2 Japan.
5.3 The USA and Elsewhere.
6. Practical Information for Players and Composers.
6.1 Instruments, Strings, and Plectrums.
6.2 Positions and Techniques.
6.3 The Mandolin Quartet and the Mandolin Orchestra.
6.4 Useful Addresses.
Appendix: The Mandolin and Related Instruments: Brief Definitions
Bibliography
Index

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