Sonata IV Allegro for 2 mandolins (Fouchetti, c. 1770), classical ukulele/mandolin duet by mj10008 published on 2013/04/02 22:22:34 +0000 This is the Allegro from the fourth sonata by Giovanni Fouchetti (also often, wrongly, listed as "Pietro Fouchetti", including in the Hofmeister edition of these pieces). Fouchetti wrote six serenades and six sonatas, or sonatinas (he called them "petites sonates") for two mandolins, as part of a mandolin method tutor he published in Paris in 1770. These are still used as teaching material now, and this piece, the Sonata No. 4, is in the Victoria College graded syllabus for mandolin, as an unaccompanied Grade 4 piece. No idea why they list it as a solo as it makes little sense without the second mandolin part. I have played the first mandolin part on my "Baroq-ulele", which is a bowlback soprano ukulele which I have retuned in mandolin tuning in fifths, GDAE, to approximate the sound of an 18th century gut-strung mandolin. I have played the second mandolin part on my 1915 Luigi Embergher bowlback mandolin. I think the different tones of the nylgut strings of the uke compared to the steel strings of the Embergher blend nicely here, and helps make this work as a duet. It's a fun piece to play!