Monday, October 07, 2013

M is for Mandolin

ABC Wednesday
October 9th, 2013

The letter is M for MANDOLIN

Etienne Bonneau
The Mandolin
A musical instrument in the lute family (plucked or strummed) usually with
four courses of strings tuned in perfect fifths and plucked with a plectrum.
It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola,
octave mandolin,  mandocello and mandobass.
There are three common types of Mandolins.  The Neapolitan mandolins
featured prominently in classical and traditional music,
the carved top mandolin common in folk music and blue grass,
and the flat top instruments, less specific to a music genre. (Wikipedia)
Here is the First Movement of Vivaldi's Concerto for Mandolin
three minutes of pure enjoyment

For more M's move on over to ABC Wednesday, here, with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt,
Roger Green and all the helpers who visit around on behalf of this meme.


Dimple said...

Truly lovely music! I am glad I changed to the full screen!

Blessings to you~

Nicola said...

Delightful mandolin post. After listening, I just had to go and find more of the Concerto for Mandolin. A lovely way to start my work day. Thanks for that Mum!! And happy knitting too. You are such an inspiration. XO

Leslie: said...

Marvelous post!

abcw team

photowannabe said...

Beautiful header Hildred. I love sunflowers.
My son's father in law plays the mandolin like a professional and all the grandkids loved to hear him play for them.
So when my son's daughter was born she was named Amanda Lynn in honor of her Grandpa.

Hildred said...

Photowannabe - wonderful play on words and for such a good cause. Grandpa must have been thrilled.

Reader Wil said...

I have learned something new again. This is an instrument we don't often hear in classical music. I like the Vivaldi arrangement very much too.
Have a great week, Hildred!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Richard Lawry said...

I love mandolin music. The Vivaldi was nice. An Arkie's Musings

Roger Owen Green said...

a lovely instrument
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carver said...

Mandolin is a great choice. I love the painting and music. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

ChrisJ said...

Love Vivaldi , the mandolin and the painting. All beautiful.

uberrhund said...

Great choice for a Musical letter "M"!

Norma Ruttan said...

beautifully shaped instrument! I was disappointed when the music didn't play.

mrsnesbitt said...

Lovely Hildred xxxxx Truly lovely x

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Hildred I had no idea the mandolin was ever used in classical music and that was beautiful. Thank you for teaching me something new and wonderful.

Joy said...

Its a beautiful instrument, and Vivaldi writes for it wonderfully. I inherited my Grandmother's mandolin but sadly it got lost many years ago during a house move.

Gerald (SK14) said...

ah yes what a lovely instrument

Gattina said...

I love mandolin music ! It sounds so cheerful !

Beverley Baird said...

What a beautiful piece of music. It is a unique instrument.
Have you seen the movie "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" with Nicholas Cage? Very enjoyable.

Tracy Crenshaw said...

Such beautiful music. Thank you for bringing that joy to my day.