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A day at the circus : mandolin ensemble

by Richard Charlton (2009)

day at the circus


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A day at the circus : for mandolin orchestra / by Richard Charlton.

Library shelf no. 785.7819/CHA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A work consisting of four short movements descriptive of Circus acts:-

Although old fashioned circuses are now a thing of the past I still remember as a child, being taken to my first one! It is the sort of event that, perhaps now, I look back on through 'rose coloured glasses' (appropriately) and remember fondly.

I have tried to capture this childhood experience in this work and while there may be a few serious moments, it is by and large in the form of a humorous anecdote.

The 1st movement is a march of all sorts of strange and bizarre things; in the 2nd movement the clowns make their appearance; the 3rd is the wonder and grace of the 'high flying' trapeze artists and the last movement is the thrill of those daredevil horse riders doing all sorts of acrobatics.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Mandolin orchestra (mandolins 1 & 2, mandolas, guitars & double bass)

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: 1. Under the big top! -- 2. Clowns! -- 3. Flying -- 4. Bareback riders!

Dedication note: Dedicated to Geoffrey Barber

Commission note: Commissioned by Geoffrey Barber for performance by Australian Mandolin Music Association.

First performance: by American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra — 28 Feb 10. Mary Tefft White Cultural Centre, Roger Williams University. Bristol Rhode Island USA

Performances of this work

27 Mar 11: St Michael's Church, Collins st. Melbourne. Featuring Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

8 Jan 2011: at FAME MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011 (Raye Freedman Centre). Featuring Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles.

27 Nov 10: featuring West Australian Mandolin Orchestra.

27 Nov 2010: at West Australian Mandolin Orchestra (Callaway Music Auditorium). Featuring West Australian Mandolin Orchestra.

11 May 10: St George's Church, St George's Road, Kemptown, Brighton, UK. Featuring Fretful Federation, Lindsay Stoner.

2 May 10: Phee Broadway Hall, mechanic Lane, Castlemaine VIC. Featuring Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

28 Feb 10: Mary Tefft White Cultural Centre, Roger Williams University. Bristol Rhode Island USA. Featuring American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra.

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