Mandore

Name: Mandore.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.5-6
Country: Italy, France & Germany.
Region: Western Europe.

Description: The mandore is a musical instrument, it is a small member of the lute family. It is a teardrop shaped, with four to six courses of gut strings and pitched in the treble range. It was considered a new instrument in French music books from the 1580s. But is descended from and very similar to the gittern. It is considered ancestral to the modern mandolin. Other earlier instruments include the medieval European citole and the Greek and Byzantine pandura.

History: The Cantigas de Santa Maria shows 13th century instruments similar to lutes, mandores, mandolas and guitars, being played by European and Islamic players. The instruments moved from Spain northward to Franc and eastward towards Italy by way of Provence. Beside the introduction of the lute to Spain (Andalusia) by the Moors, another important point of transfer of the lute from Arabian to European culture was Sicily, where it was brought either by Byzantine or later by Muslim musicians. There were singer-lutenists at the court in Palermo following the Norman conquest of the island from the Muslims.

The lute is depicted extensively in the ceiling paintings in the Palermo’s royal Cappella Palatina, dedicated by the Norman King Roger II of Sicily in 1140. His Hohenstaufen grandson Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor [1194 – 1250] continued integrating Muslims into his court, including Moorish musicians. By the fourteenth century, lutes had disseminated throughout Italy and, probably because of the cultural influence of the Hohenstaufen kings and emperor, based in Palermo, the lute had also made significant inroads into the German-speaking lands.

The history of modern mandolins, mandolas and guitars is all intertwined. The instruments shared common ancestor instruments. Some instruments became fashionable widely, and others locally. Experts argue as to the differences; because many of the instruments are so similar but not identical, classifying them has proven difficult. A mandolino made in Cremona, Italy, by Antonio Stradivari, c. 1680; one hundred years after the mandore was being labeled “new” in France.

Some experts consider the mandore a forerunner to the mandolino; also known as a Baroque mandolin. Which in turn branched out into a family of mandolins that includes the Neapolitan mandolin, the Genoese mandolin, and the Cremonese mandolin. Others consider that the mandore and mandolino may have been contemporary, with different names being used in different countries. The mandolino in Italy, the mandore in France. It is also considered a forerunner or close relative of the 17th century mandola.

Some experts consider the mandore a forerunner to the mandolino; also known as a Baroque mandolin. Which in turn branched out into a family of mandolins that includes the Neapolitan mandolin, the Genoese mandolin, and the Cremonese mandolin. Others consider that the mandore and mandolino may have been contemporary, with different names being used in different countries. The mandolino in Italy, the mandore in France. It is also considered a forerunner or close relative of the 17th century mandola.

Construction: Like the earlier gittern, the mandore’s back and neck were in earlier forms carved out of a block of wood. This “hollowed out construction” did still exist in the 16th century, according to James Tyler, but was becoming rare. The method was being replaced by gluing curved staves together to form back, and adding a neck and peg box.