A mandolin duet by EMANUELE BARBELLA





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Uploaded on Nov 13, 2007

Emanuele Barbella (1703-1777) was born in Neaples and a well-known violinist in his home country Italy as well as abroad. As a composer Barbella must have been quite successful for his music was published in Paris and London during his life time.

The mandolin duo "Alla Frencese Furiosamente", performed here by Pauline Ulderink and Ruth Rouw - two mandolinist of the well-known Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT - comes from a music volume published around 1770 that contains 6 duets for two Mandolins. The original cover title heads "Six Duos pour deux Violons ou Mandolines / avec une Basse ad Libitum / Composés par Mr. Barbella Fils" (Six Duettos for 2 Violins or 2 Mandolines with an optional Bass). For mandolinists all Barbella duets are very much worth to be studied and performed.

Today there are 2 re-issues of these duets by Barbella available: volume 1 duo, 1-3 & vol. 2, 4-6 published by SCHOTT (ED 7016-7017 modern music print-Two parts Mand. without the optional Bass part -- reprint of this music preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris (France) and a facsimile of the original printing with (!) the optional Bass part published by Neil Gladd through OMI, New York (USA) found in the The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (USA).

Ruth Rouw plays a 1926 student mandolin tipo A, while Pauline Ulderink uses an 1924 Orchestra model No.3. Both mandolins are build by Luigi Embergher and are strung with Bronze round wound CONSORT strings made by the German Lenzner/Fisoma string makers company.

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