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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Mandolin - The younger brother ..

Mandolin emerged from the Mandola possibly as early as the 15th century but remained obscure until the 18th century, when it was used by Handel in England, by Hummel in Germany, by Gretry and Auber in France, and by various Italians including Vivaldi. The fashion subsided in the 19th century - it had become a popular folk instrument in Germany and America. Mandolin is the descendent of the Neapolitan, a small lute.It is often referred to as the younger brother of the guitar.

The Mandolin has been in use in its original form and with its original style of playing in film music and other non-classical forms of music for a few decades now, though the usage has not been such that would have given the instrument a prima donna position. The instrument has been predominantly used to connect two parts of compositions or to render one of the specific parts of a musical composition. Elsewhere in the world, the usage of the instrument is much better. However, one does come across cases where Mandolin has been used as a lead instrument playing various pop or other varieties of compositions. In western classical music, the originality of Mandolin, both the style of playing and the construction of the instrument, has been retained though.

Some of the prominent examples of the usage of Mandolin elsewhere in the world are:

Lead Mandolin in Bluegrass music (in the USA);

The American group called "The Band" which featured Rick Danko on the Mandolin;

In country-western music in the mid-1980s by a competing group of Nashville based musicians such as Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, the Judds, & Randy Travis;

And off course in south indian classical(carnatic) music where the electric mandolin is used.

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