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Winter collection : three movements for mandolin orchestra

by Stephen Lalor (2015)

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Performance by Stephen Lalor from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 61.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 61.

Library shelf no. CD 2684 [Available for loan]

Winter collection


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Winter collection : for mandolin orchestra / Stephen Lalor.

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Work Overview

I: Overture. A hectic introductory movement of cascading, syncopated scale runs and orchestral dialogue

II: The Dancing Man of Kew. The title refers to a cult figure seen on the streets of Melbourne, Australia. I particularly recall seeing him on a windswept winter's day. He danced jerkily at a traffic intersection to music on his headphones. It was assumed he listened to pop and techno, but I always wondered if he was listening to something different, like this French-style waltz.

III: The Flight of the Magic Hat. When in Melbourne performing concerts in 2013, the cellist in my group at the time had his hat blown off on a windy day in the middle of the city. It flew into the middle of traffic in Collins Street, going under and around cars and trams. The cellist retrieved it, but it was in such bad condition that we assumed he would throw it away. We kept walking as he tried to fix it, and - after five minutes of massaging it - this Magic Hat was miraculously as good as new. We couldn't believe it. This music was then just an idea I was working on around the same time this happened, and was originally called Tolik's Magic Hat.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Mandolin orchestra - mandolin 1, mandolin 2, mandola, guitar, bass (optional mandocello and percussion).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: I: Overture (1'45") -- II: The Dancing Man of Kew (3'20") -- III: The Flight of the Magic Hat (3'30").

Commission note: Commissioned by Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles.

First performance: 11 Jul 15. PLC Concert Auditorium, Sydney

Performances of this work

6 Nov 2016: at Plektra in Concert (Blessed Sacrament Church). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

5 Jun 2016: at Plektra Mandolin Ensemble (Blessed Sacrament Church). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

22 Nov 2015: at Spring Concert (Barwon Park Mansion). Featuring Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

11 Oct 2015: at PLEKTRA in Concert (Glebe Justice Centre). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

11 Jul 15: PLC Concert Auditorium, Sydney

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