One of the most distinctive sounds of Italy is the tremolo melody of a mandolin. Carolyn Masone explores the history of this wonderful instrument with acclaimed composer, arranger and musician John T. LaBarbera. This beautiful slideshow was designed by Jefferson Harman. Special thanks to mandolincafe.com for the evocative images of vintage postcards and to mandolino.it for providing images of an authentic Vinaccia mandolin from 1781.
For a transcript of this podcast, visit our Italian Journal page at http://www.essenceofitaly.net/journal/2008/02/the_mandolin_the_serenade_of_i.php