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Classical mandolin: Neapolitan Song (Tchaikovsky), on solo Embergher mandolin

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Uploaded on Jun 5, 2010

A short piece written in 1878 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), as part of his "Album For The Young" (Opus 39, No. 18). Originally composed for piano, but as this is a pastiche of the one single genre of music most widely associated with the mandolin, the Neapolitan song, it seems most appropriate to play it on mandolin instead.

This is the mandolin part from a transcription of the piece for solo mandolin with guitar accompaniment by Esther Simon, published in the BMG (banjo mandolin guitar) Magazine in 1952. The published score is headed "To the Members of the Mandolin-Guitar Society" -- I don't know if this was the original dedication by Tchaikovsky, or added by the arranger. The piano original is in E-flat major, but Ms Simon has sensibly transposed it into G major.

Played on my 1915 Luigi Embergher Tipo A bowlback mandolin.

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