The Mandolino in 18th​-​Century Italy

by HIdeki Yamaya, mandolino; John Schneinerman, lute



The mandolino, or the Baroque mandolin, was the predecessor to the modern mandolin. Unlike its offspring, it had 6 courses of strings (instead of 4) and was mostly played with the fingertips (instead of with a plectrum). Though mostly unknown today, it enjoyed a modest popularity in the 17th- and 18th-centuries and a sizeable repertoire. This recording contains pieces from the Filippo Dalla Casa Manuscript, dated 1759 from Bologna, Italy. Though by mostly unknown composers, the quality of the music is very high and compares with the best lute, keyboard, and chamber music from the period. Mandolino is played by Hideki Yamaya, and continuo on lute is played by John Schneiderman.

Hideki Yamaya, based in Portland, Oregon, is a lutenist and guitarist who is actively teaching and performing all over the West Coast. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and an M.F.A. in Guitar and Lute Performance from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with John Schneiderman. He also studied with James Tyler at University of Southern California and with Paul Beier at Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy. He has had master classes with the foremost guitarists and lutenists of today, including Robert Barto, Victor Coelho, David Dolata, Ronn McFarlane, Richard Savino, Stephen Stubbs, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, and Benjamin Verdery. In demand both as a soloist and as a continuo/chamber player, Hideki has performed with and for Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Baroque Northwest, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Opera, L.A. Master Chorale, California Bach Society, and Astoria Music Festival, and is the artistic director for Musica Maestrale, an early music collective based in Portland. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy.


released January 1, 2010

Recorded at Bungalow 23, Orange, CA in October, 2009
Produced, edited, and mastered by Hideki Yamaya
Performed in A=415

Mandolino by Mel Wong, San Francisco, CA; 2008
after an anonymous Italian instrument, ca. 1640
10-course lute in A by John Rollins, Bellingham, WA; 1991
after Wendelio Venere,1582
14-course archlute in G by John Rollins; 1990
after Wendelio Venere, 1592

Cover art: Donna con mandolino
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo ((1696-1770)



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Hideki Yamaya is a performer of lutes, early guitars, and early mandolins based in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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