Spring Suite, May 2019

by John Goodin

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Spring Suite, May 2019 is the second in a series of suites composed especially for the larger members of the mandolin family, the mandocello (CGDA) and octave mandolin (GDAE). As with the earlier Winter Suite, February 2019, this collection of short pieces was composed on the octave mandolin with the mandocello also in mind.

The idea for these suites came to me as I was reading the excellent biography of Lou Harrison recently written by Bill Alves and Brett Campbell. It's a fascinating and inspiring story of a great American composer. Harrison would often write short pieces using the suite format and, while reading the book during breakfast one morning, I had the idea to do something similar aimed at mandocello and octave mandolin players.

I have received many compliments regarding the earlier Winter Suite from musicians who play the big mandolins and I hope that these pieces will be similarly enjoyed. The sheet music for these pieces will be available on both my mandotopia.com website and my So Many Tunes blog.


released October 4, 2019

Recorded at home in Decorah, Iowa using a recently built Eastman MDO305 octave mandolin.


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John Goodin Decorah, Iowa

John Goodin has played guitar and mandolin for decades. He writes fiddle tunes and pieces for mandolin orchestra, has published music books and recorded several CDs. He performs around the country with the contra dance band Contratopia and locally with fiddler Erik Sessions and the Scandinavian-American band Foot-Notes, among others. ... more

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