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Hand-Painted Soundscapes

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Hand-Painted Soundscapes : for mandolin orchestra / Stephen Lalor.

by Stephen Lalor (2017)

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  • Instrumentation: Mandolin Orchestra - mandolins, mandola, guitar, bass, optional percussion.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Stephen Lalor from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 96.


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The 3 movements are based on:

  1. a Bosnian traditional folk song "Yellow Quinces". The instrumental writing draws on the playing styles of tamburitsa ensembles - the tambura is a mandolin-like instrument Balkan found through much of the Balkans.
  2. movement 2 "Moonlight in Lombok" is inspired by a painting of the same name by Australian painter Geoff Harvey. Lombok is an Indonesian island near Bali, and the pointillist, minimalist style of the piece relates both to the painting and the gamelan ensembles of Indonesia
  3. "Balkan Rhumba" is a term used to describe the unique way gypsy performers in the 20th Century created a new musical style through combining traditional songs, a rolling rhythmic rhumba-like feel and instrumental virtuosity.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 7 performance parts (33p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 9 mins, 35 sec.

Contents note:

I. Song of the Yellow Quinces (3 min., 20 sec.) -- II. Moonlight in Lombok (3 min., 30 sec.) -- III. Balmain Bossa (2 min., 45 sec.).

Commission info: Commissioned with the generous support of Mrs Eileen Wright for the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2017

First performance by Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra — 17 Nov 17. St George's Centre, Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, Vic

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
influenced stylistically by Bosnian song, Indonesian gamelan playing and Balkan dance music

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