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Dances for the mandolin & the moon : mandolin ensemble

by Richard Charlton (2005)

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Performance by Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra from the CD Brolga dances

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Dances for the mandolin & the moon / by Richard Charlton.

Library shelf no. 785.7815/CHA 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Partly inspired by one of Picasso's most beautiful cubist works, Girl with a Mandolin, this work represents a sort of imaginary ballet. It could be that the mandolin in the picture comes to life and dances under a full moon. Overjoyed at his new freedom he sings a serenade to the girl in the painting. For some reason she does not respond?

This, of course, is a purely fanciful notion that only occurred to me after writing the piece, but it does fit the mood and temperament of what I was trying to achieve: a dance, a serenade and the unique voice of the mandolin.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: 2 mandolins, mandola, guitar, double bass.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Tertiary student

Dedication note: Dedicated to Robert Schulz

Commission note: Commissioned by Robert Schulz for performance by Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles.

First performance: 8 Jan 06. Canberra Grammar School ACT


Performances of this work

Unknown date.

6 Jun 10: Burgerzentrum Rechbersaal - Bruchsal, Germany. Featuring Antipodean Ensemble.

6 Jun 2010: at Eurofest Zupfmusik 2010 (Burgerzentrum Bruchsal).

3 Jun 10: Burgerzentrum Rechbersaal - Bruchsal, Germany. Featuring Landeszupforchestra NRW fidium concentus.

8 Jan 06: Canberra Grammar School ACT

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