The name "mandolin" was used to refer to two quite different instruments: the gut-stringed mandolino, played with the fingers, and the later metal-stringed Neapolitan mandoline, which was played with a plectrum. This is the first book devoted exclusively to these two early instruments about which information in reference books is scant and often erroneous. The authors uncover their rich and varied musical history, examining contemporary playing techniques and revealing the full extent of the instruments' individual repertories, which include works by Vivaldi, Sammartini, Stamitz, and Beethoven. The book's ultimate aim is to help today's players to produce artistically satisfying performances through an understanding of the nature and historical playing style of these unjustly neglected instruments.
`elegantly-produced volume ... an essential resource for players and scholars of plucked instruments ... a fascinating and well-researched book'
Tim Crawford, Early Music
'elegantly-produced volume ... Both authors write well and clearly ... an essential resource for players and scholars of plucked instruments.'
'interesting and scholarly'
Frances Taylor, Folk Music Journal
'The entire work ... ends up being a history and a handbook ... those readers familiar with Tyler's work in organology and early music performance will find this new addition to the Early Music Series a most welcome one.'
Joseph R. Johnson, Galton Society Journal