Conductor, B. WALTON O'DONNELL
MARIO DE PIETRO (Mandoline)
WE have not the respect, in this country, that is due to the mandoline. We class it amongst the dance band instruments. iThis is not courteous : Don Juan would have been horrified. Not that the mandoline is exactly Don Juan 's instrument, although most composers, including Mozart, have condemned him to use it as an accompanying instrument whenever he has occasion to serenade his lady of the moment. Actually he would have employed a bandurria, which is more like a guitar than a mandoline. There have been many virtuosi on the mandoline, particularly in Spain. Beethoven had a friend, Krumpholz, who excelled on it, and for whom he wrote a ‘Sonatina per il mandolina.’
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