Dances for the mandolin & the moon : mandolin ensemble
by Richard Charlton (2005)
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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.
Instrumentation: 2 mandolins, mandola, guitar, double bass.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Tertiary student
Dedication note: Dedicated to Robert Schulz
First performance: 8 Jan 06. Canberra Grammar School ACT
- Influenced by: Visual arts works
Performances of this work
25 May 18: The Folk House, 40A Park Street, Bristol UK. Featuring New American Mandolin Ensemble.
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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