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  1. Joel Hobbs, "Ode to Elsie": Robert Margo, liuto cantabile

    An outstanding composer, and performer on plucked strings, Joel Hobbs is the founder of the Austin (TX) mandolin orchestra. "Ode to Elsie" is part of Joel's interesting and varied collection of...
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    Re: CMSA Kalamazoo 2022: Registration Now Open

    Registration is still open for the upcoming CMSA convention in Kalamazoo, September 21-25. This year, because of our Covid protocols, all registration must be through the on-line portal, which will...
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    Re: Essay on Mandolin Orchestras

    "A very naive question: are there mandolin orchestras that don’t play classical music?

    I, too, am not an active classical music listener (mandolin or not), but I am very intrigued by the idea of a...
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    Re: Essay on Mandolin Orchestras

    Addendum:

    --the Adelstein book referred to in my post was published in 5 installments in The Cadenza in 1901.

    --p. 5, par. 2, penultimate par in the essay on MO. FYI, the original version of...
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    Re: Essay on Mandolin Orchestras

    "In my line of work, I am called upon to perform "peer review" to vet and inform writing a fellow scholar. I'd appreciate a "peer review" from any of y'all who might catch any gaffes that I might...
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    Re: Pettine method part VI on Google Books

    "Bob Margo who is an active MC member is active in that group and I believe knows who has them for sale."

    The Providence Mandolin Orchestra owns (for many years) a box of NOS (new old stock) of...
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    Re: Owen Hartford, "Family Squabble": PMO

    "Nice composition... sounds like a dance from ancient times... and a nice place for a live performance"

    Thank you, Toomas! The venue is in the same building where we rehearse. It is a renovated...
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    Owen Hartford, "Family Squabble": PMO

    Owen Hartford's wonderful piece "Family Squabble" has been core repertoire of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra for many years. Here is our latest performance featuring two excellent recorder...
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    Re: CMSA Kalamazoo 2022: Registration Now Open

    "I'm registered and reserved, coming with my Larson mandocello. I'm a bit rusty, but excited!"

    I think the cellos will have an especially good time in Kalamazoo. Interesting En Masse parts...
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    Re: CMSA Kalamazoo 2022: Registration Now Open

    "I am registered. I don’t attend every year, but Kalamazoo is an easy drive. & I plan to bring a couple Kalamazoo Gibsons, so they can return home after a 100 years."

    Looking forward to seeing...
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    Re: CMSA Kalamazoo 2022: Registration Now Open

    "I look forward to meeting you and all the CMSA folks."

    Fantastic, Mick, I look forward to meeting you, too! Bring some of your bowl backs, people will definitely be interested.
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    CMSA Kalamazoo 2022: Registration Now Open

    Registration is now open for the Classical Mandolin Society of America’s (CMSA) upcoming in-person convention (the first since 2019) in Kalamazoo, MI, September 21-25, 2022. We have an exciting...
  13. F Trester, Movement #1 (from Three Movements for MO): PMO

    At the recent (June 26) PMO concert in Rhode Island, we performed the first two movements of Francine Trester's remarkable (and very beautiful) "Three Movements for Mandolin Orchestra". Fran is an...
  14. Three Songs by Randy Newman: Providence Mandolin Orchestra

    These are my arrangements for mandolin orchestra of three songs by Randy Newman -- "Sail Away," "In Germany, Before the War," and "Baltimore" -- in live performances by the Providence Mandolin...
  15. Gusenheimer Concertino: Providence Mandolin Orchestra

    Gustav Gusenheimer's "Concertino Nr. 1 for Recorder and Zupforchester" is a classic work of German "zupfmusik" and one of my personal favorites in all of the mandolin orchestra repertoire. Here is a...
  16. Goichberg Mandocello Studies: No. 7, 23, and 30: Robert Margo

    Here are three more of Sol Goichberg's (1908 - 1978) studies for unaccompanied mandocello: No. 7, No. 23 ("Andantino: Old English Air"), and No. 30 ("Allegretto"). The studies were published by...
  17. James Kellaris, "Au Café Cárdamome": PMO World Premiere

    Over this past weekend the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (PMO) gave the world premiere of a great new piece by James Kellaris, "Au Café Cárdamome," which features extended techniques and extensive...
  18. New Music Reading Session, CMSA Kalamazoo: Call for Scores

    The Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) will hold a “New Music Reading Session” at its upcoming convention in Kalamazoo, Michigan, September 21-25, 2022. This is the "Call for Scores".
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    Re: Mandolin Concerts of Note

    I am reviving this thread (FINALLY!).

    The Providence Mandolin Orchestra (PMO) will perform LIVE next Sunday (2/27/2022) at the Bread Box Theatre, 220 Valley St, Willimantic CT, at 4 PM. We will...
  20. Luigi Paparello, "Bells of Night" for Unaccompanied Mandocello

    In his 1913 method for mandocello, Zarh Myron Bickford briefly discussed unaccompanied performance on the instrument which, he noted "at the present time, is to a great extent an unexplored field."...
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    Re: Standard notation for Mandola

    "It certainly would help if publishers bit the bullet and provided parts for dola and cello in all of the common configurations. We played a Munier piece recently, and none of the mandola players...
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    Re: Standard notation for Mandola

    Addendum on Hladky -- he wrote for liuto/mandocello in 8vb treble, like Calace, but used 8vb treble for the C string, as one would on the guitar. Calace wrote notes on the C string generally in bass...
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    Re: Standard notation for Mandola

    "As a consequence, all of my mandolin established neural pathways for sight/left hand coordination have to be set aside and new pathways in my slow-to-learn and slow-to-adapt brain learned. If the...
  24. Goichberg Mandocello Studies #4, 9, and #29: Robert Margo

    Here are three more of Sol Goichberg's (1908 - 1978) unaccompanied solos for mandocello -- No. 4 ("Andante"), No. 9 ("Allegro Vivo"), and No. 29 ("Allegro moderato"). Because the originals contain...
  25. Re: Goichberg Mandocello Studies, No. 1 and No. 15

    "Thanks, Mr. Margo, for taking on this project ..."

    Hi Joe, thanks for the lovely comment!
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