1945 to the Present Day
This chapter examines the history and repertoire of the classical mandolin during the period from 1945 to the present. In the decades immediately following World War II, the mandolin's profile throughout most of Europe was low. This may be attributed to the destruction of the relevant infrastructure in many countries, the development of electronic amplification, and the low quality of mandolin produced. For professional performers, the low status of the mandolin offered them few recital opportunities. The lack of academic recognition kept the instrument out of the conservatoires, and the decline of music hall and vaudeville deprived them of their principal source of income.
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