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man·do·lin / ˌmandəˈlin; ˈmandələn/ •
n. 1. a musical instrument resembling a lute, having paired metal strings plucked with a plectrum. It is played with a characteristic tremolo on long sustained notes.2. variant spelling of mandoline.DERIVATIVES: man·do·lin·ist / -ˈlinist/ n.
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Plucked str. instr. of lute family, of It. orig., usually with 8 str. tuned in pairs and played with plectrum, generally in a sustained tremolo. Used in informal mus.-making, but occurs in several famous scores, e.g. Alexander Balus (Handel, 1747), L'Amant jaloux
(Grétry, 1778), Don Giovanni (Mozart, 1787), Otello
(Verdi, 1887), 7th Sym. and Das Lied von der Erde
(Schoenberg), 5 Pieces
(Stravinsky), etc. Beethoven wrote some pieces for mandolin and pf., and Vivaldi several concs.
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Poem by Verlaine set for v. and pf. by Debussy, 1882, as No.3 of Fêtes galantes
(orig. version), and by Fauré, 1891, as No.1 of 5 Mélodies
, Op.58. Also set as Fêtes galantes
by R. Hahn, 1895.
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Stringed musical instrument related to the lute
and associated with 18th-century Italy. It has four or six paired wire strings, which are played with a plectrum. It is most often used today as an accompaniment to folk songs and dances.