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
  • Sales rank: 1,390,432
  • 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 xiii
List of Music Examples xiv
1 1815-1878 1
1.1 The Decline of the Mandoline and Mandolino as Concert Instruments 1
1.2 Italy and the Creation of the Modern Mandolin 6
2 1878-1892 22
2.1 The Paris Exhibition of 1878 22
2.2 Spanish Influences 24
2.3 Circoli mandolinisti in Italy 29
2.4 The Mandolin Rediscovered 43
3 1892-1918 50
3.1 The Genoa Concourse and the Virtuoso Era in Italy 50
3.2 The Heyday of the Mandolin in Europe 86
3.3 The USA and Elsewhere 120
4 1918-1945 136
4.1 Germany, Austria, and the Emergence of a New Style 136
4.2 Elsewhere in Continental Europe 143
4.3 Japan 151
4.4 The USA, Britain, and Elsewhere 153
5 1945 to the Present Day 163
5.1 Europe 163
5.2 Japan 174
5.3 The USA and Elsewhere 177
6 Practical Information for Players and Composers 183
6.1 Instruments, Strings, and Plectrums 183
6.2 Positions and Techniques 187
6.3 The Mandolin Quartet and the Mandolin Orchestra 195
6.4 Useful Addresses 201
Appendix The Mandolin and Related Instruments: Brief Definitions 204
Bibliography 208
Index 215
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