The Mandolin Orchestra "Euterpe" of Bolzano has always had in its programmes music pieces of master Giacomo Sartori. This choice of repertoire was determinant for the success of the ensemble in all the years of activity, although the composer hasn't often had a good acceptance in the "official" world of the mandoline, so that the mandoline ensemble "Euterpe" was and still is one of the few musical groups that always includes his music pieces in the concert programmes. For this reason the orchestra went and goes counter-current following his music production, but the success of the public is the best evidence to continue playing the music of Giacomo Sartori. Following a short presentation of Giacomo Sartori draft from the "Dictionary of Musicians in the Trentino" edited by Antonio Carlini and Clemente Lunelli, 1992, City of Trento, Municiapl Library of Trento, printing-house Artigianelli, Trento.
Giacomo Sartori (born in Ala on the 8.3.1860, died in Trento on the 25.3.1946), composer organist, conductor of band, director of orchestra. Son of Domenico, barber, and Edvige Lutteri. He started the paternal profession and he began playing the mandolino as self-taught and wrote his first composition when he was 18 years young. In March of 1881 he enrolled himself as "apprentice of violin" at the Musical Society of Ala. He deepened therfore his musical studies in Rovereto and was student of Tito Brogialdi for violin and Giovanni Toss for composition. In Ala, where he continued to live, he became very soom the enterteiner of the musical life of the town. Often he substituted the titular conductor of the "banda sociale", was teacher of the students of the "banda" and he played the organ in the church. The firts public exhibition goes back to the 26th January 1888 in the room of the Filarmonica of Ala. He played violin and played the fantasy from "Roberto The Devil" of G. Meyerbeer with Lorenzo Frelich at the piano. 1889 he married Elvira Wagmeister from Appiano from which he had four sons. During the first world war he was refugee in Verona where he often played the first violin in symphonic concerts. After the end of the first world war he didn't return to Ala, but he moved to Trento near the daughter, where he dedicated himself totally to the music. Until 1938 he directed the mandoline orchestra "Club Armonia" in place of Vigilio Kirchner and held many concerts in towns in Trentino-Alto Adige and in several other cities of Italy. He was an expert in plectrum music instruments (i.e. mandoline) and began to write only for ensembles of mandolines and guitars (quartets or orchestras). A series of publications were printed regulary on the newspaper "Il Mandolino" of Turin from 1894 to 1939 and also on the pags of the "Mandolinista italiano" of Milan. His music compositions won for seven times prestigious prizes and in few time he was famous all over the world. Several mandoline ensembles in foreign countries entitled to his name and he joined the title of "Lehar of the mandoline". His music production was destinated to numerous mandoline ensembles and orchestras widly diffused in all Europe until the second world war and respects the italian tradition of melodic and popular musical themes with melancholic venature in the "elegie" and "serenades", lightness and animation in the dance melodies, the signs of an immediate enjoyment. Particulary famous became in the Trentino the "Inno of Katzenau" ; other hymns were written for the "Veloce Club", the "Circolo Armonia", and, already in 1900, for the "Fiamme Gialle" of Verona ("Inno al finanziere"). In sign of homage the city of Ala has dedicated him the town-theatre.
129 scores in "Il Mandolino", Turini, Gianni Moticone, 1894 - 1939; 9 for mandoline and guitar, 43 for quartet, 13 for little orchestra, 7 for single guitar, 1 for two guitars with mandoloncello, 56 for two mandolines and guitars; between these 41 walzers, 13 marshes, 13 marzurke, 3 fox-trot, 10 serenades, 2 tanghi, 1 java, 13 polkes, etc., often with titles of flower. 13 scores (14 fantasies, walzers, etc) that were published in Switzerland, Luchsingen, C. Notari (in "Il Mandolinismo), 6 in Milan, Monzino and Garlandini (in "Il Mandolinista Italiano") and 11 in several editions, i.e. in Trento (G. Migliarini and M. Gottardi) and in Florence (A. Farilvesi and C.). Musical compositions were donated to the comunal library of Ala in 1990: 15 reductions from works celebraiting "Ave Maria" at two voices (Pinè, september 1944) - two serenades for two mandolines and two guitars for the comedy "Vecie Storie" of Dante Sartori - "Al bambino Gesù" for voice and harmonium (1942) - "Il temporale" for song and harmonium (November 1906) - scores without titles for harmonium or organ.