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Four pieces for solo mandolin & mandolin orchestra : arranged & adapted from Beethoven's Four pieces for mandolin & keyboard (1795)

by Stephen Lalor (2009)

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Performance by Plektra Mandolin Ensemble, Stephen Lalor, Stephen Lalor from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

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Work Overview

Beethoven was commissioned to write four pieces for mandolin & keyboard around 1795. They were dedicated to Josephine Clary, the Countess Clam-Gallas. The mandolin was at the time very popular, particularly as an instrument for the cultured nobility & emerging middle classes. Stephen Lalor, composer and mandolin soloist with Australian and overseas orchestras, arranged and adapted the pieces for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra for a series of concerts with The Melbourne Mandolin Orchetsra in 2009

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Mandolin solo, 1st mandolins, 2nd mandolins, mandola, guitar, mandocello (optional), double bass.

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Solo part is demanding

First performance: by Stephen Lalor, Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Slava Iourgaev — 15 Aug 09. Auburn Uniting Church, Melbourne, VICTORIA

The composer cites the following influences on his arrangement of this work:

Beethoven's earlier output, Hummel's Sonata & Concerto for mandolin

Performances of this work

6 Aug 11: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Mosman NSW. Featuring Stephen Lalor, Plektra Mandolin Ensemble, Stephen Lalor.

16 Aug 09: Phee Broadway Hall, Castlemaine, VICTORIA. Featuring Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Stephen Lalor, Slava Iourgaev.

15 Aug 09: Auburn Uniting Church, Melbourne, VICTORIA. Featuring Stephen Lalor, Slava Iourgaev, Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

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