These 12 Divertimentos were published in 1759 by the prominent Scottish composer James Oswald. These pieces were originally composed for the popular wire-strung cittern known then as the "guittar". The body of work was intended to help meet the demand for easy to intermediate solo guittar music.
Oswald's 12 Divertimentos have been arranged here by John Goodin for the modern Mandolin in both standard notation and tablature, each piece includes three or four short movements full of pleasant melodies and interesting ideas. Whereas the original compositions were published in the key native to the guittar tuning (an open C major chord), this book offers the music in a variety of Mandolin-friendly keys.
These transpositions adhere to Oswald's original intent that the music be easy to play and pleasant to hear. While suitable for teaching and performance these divertimentos are, above all, fun and satisfying to study and play.